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Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite
Nancy O'Neill does a beautiful job of telling such a heartwarming Christmas story. She includes so many different elements of Christmas that I am sure a little boy or girl's eyes would jump with joy while reading or being read to. While reading I felt as though I could smell the newly cut Christmas tree, or the sweet spices of the gingerbread men that were on the counter cooling, maybe even feel the coldness of the snow while outside building a snowman. This book places the reader in the middle of the story wanting more and definitely enjoying the moment. It is as though the reader can hear the sound of the bells jingling and see the Christmas lights twinkling. The warmth of the hot chocolate is so nice after being outside watching the deer play in the snow. So while reading the book, be on the lookout for Santa, Mrs. Claus and even the elves as all are working together so that every child in every part of the world has a safe and joyous Christmas.
I particularly enjoyed the illustrations knowing they were drawn by children. There are some beautiful art pieces by the children that enrich the story. It warmed my heart to know that a portion of the sales of this book will go to support a children's hospital. I hope millions of books are sold not only to help support such a great cause, but also because the story is one worth sharing.