Monday, November 12, 2012

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson


Book - The Christmas Pony

Author - Melody Carlson

Publisher - Revell

Hardcover, 170 pages

This is a charming story, set during the difficult time of the 1930's. Money was very hard to come by.  The story is centered around young Lucy.  She lives in a boarding house, which is run by her mother and grandmother.

The family needs boarders to fill the three upstairs rooms. Lucy prays for this, and also prays for a pony one of the neighbors is selling. Her mother cannot afford to buy such a gift, but Lucy still longs for it. There is also some sadness in the house.  Lucy wants to see her Mother smile again.

The boarders that come to the house are great characters and keep things exciting in the small town.  I also love the daily chores, and the description of daily life - preparing meals, and maintaining the house. It was calming and pleasant to read.

Overall this is a sweet Christmas story that would be enjoyed by young girls and their mothers.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

The Sparkle Box - Christmas Giveaway

Book - The Sparkle Box, 32 pages

Author - Jill Hardie

Illustrator - Christine Kornacki

Publisher - Ideals Children's books (A Guidepost Company)

Ages 4 - 8

This is a large hardcover book with beautiful paintings of family life.  Follow Sam and his parents as they get ready for Christmas.  There is a sparkle box on the mantle in the living room. Sam wonders about it.  As the days lead up to Christmas, the family donates to the less fortunate. Each of these sacrificial deeds is written on a piece of paper and placed in the sparkle box.  These are the Christmas gifts for Jesus.  The sparkle is a symbol of the light of the world.

This sweet story will delight children and encourage them to want their own sparkle box, which comes with the book!  This may very well help start an amazing tradition in many homes!

The Giveaway

How would you like a chance to win your very own copy of The Sparkle Box?  I have one available for a giveaway.

This contest is closed. The winner is -
Noelle the dreamer

*Disclosure -   This book was provided to me for review purposes. The giveaway copy will be shipped to the winner directly from the agency. *

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