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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
All David wanted for Christmas was a goldfish. His parents were pleased with the purchase, but on Christmas Eve, the goldfish died. Mom was frantic. She wanted David to receive the gift he had asked for. Dad said he would go to the pet store before it closed. The only problem was the blizzard outside. Dad tried to shovel out the car, but it was no use. So he walked through the snow drifts, arriving just as the store was closing. Then he trudged back home, the purchase safely tucked inside his warm coat.
Lisa Reinicke has written a charming Christmas story in David’s Christmas Wish. Written in rhyming meter, the poem unfolds much like the much loved and very famous poem, “Twas the night before Christmas.” Only this story, also about a night before Christmas, is about David’s parents, determined to grant their son his one wish for Christmas. The plot develops with warmth and humor, much like the magic of Christmas in “Twas the night before Christmas”. “To the edge of the sidewalk, to the end of the street,/ Mom watched as Dad faded in snow which was deep./ On to the pet store he practically flew,/ to save Christmas was something he knew he must do.” And, the grand finale: "They went to the top of the stairs very silent,/ to look in at David asleep and so quiet./ “We’ll always be near and remain within touch,/ Merry Christmas little man, we love you much.”
Not only does this delightful story capture the imaginative mind of a child, it also shows children how much parents love them and are willing to go to great lengths to grant their every wish. Just as our Father in Heaven will do for all of us. Complete with lovely illustrations by Scot McDonald, this story has the potential of being a popular Christmas treasure for children, young and old. For aren’t we all children at heart?