About the Book
Author: Beverly Stowe McClure
Publication Date: July 20, 2013 (original pub. date – August 28, 2011)
Publisher: 4RV Publishing LLC
Number of pages: 24
Recommended age: 3+
Summary (Back Cover): Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes a child must make her own miracle and one for her siblings.
My Thoughts: At this time of the year, there is often chaos in our household as we hurriedly decorate the house, find a Christmas tree to trim, bake goodies for unexpected guests, procure gifts for my kids teachers, write Christmas cards, and head to the mall where we line up to snatch up a thoughtful gift for our loved ones. Tumbleweed Christmas is a sweet and gentle reminder about what Christmas is all about – selflessness, thoughtfulness, and kindness. And, this can be achieved through the simplest of acts.
The central character in the story is a young girl, Jackie, whose family is poor and whose father is in the hospital. It is Christmas time and Jackie takes one dollar from her school lunch money to go purchase a tree. She takes along her friend Daniel, who just lost his third baseball glove. He only has five dollars to replace it. They soon discover that they do not have money for either.
Then along comes a tumbleweed and Jackie finds her perfect Christmas tree. She works with her sisters to make decorations for the “tree” hoping to surprise her Mom. The only remaining problem is that there are no presents under the tree. Without giving away the ending, let’s just say that Jackie finds a way, through her selflessness, for everyone to experience a Christmas miracle. The ending just left me with a huge lump in my throat – it is so lovely and heartwarming. This is exactly the kind of story that reinforces the beauty of Christmas. I just loved it!
My Bottom Line: Tumbleweed Christmas is a heartwarming story about selflessness and kindness. This beautiful story reminds us that Christmas is not about fancy decorations, expensive gifts, and the biggest, brightest tree. It is about finding joy and beauty in the smallest of things and in giving selflessly to those in need. I highly recommend this wonderfully uplifting story for families to share at Christmas-time. Ages 3+.
“Through the storytelling of Beverly Stowe McClure and the book illustrations of Bridget McKenna, the reader is drawn to feel the pain of poverty and choices that must be made due to economic circumstance. We are drawn into Jackie’s world by her giving spirit and root for her every word of the way. And when all is said and done … We, too, believe in the miracle of a Tumbleweed Christmas. Timely for the season and its reason, but also gives us reason to keep the Spirit of Christmas alive year ’round.” ~ 5 Star Review, Ruth C., Amazon
“I can’t think of a sweeter tale of the season than Tumbleweed Christmas.” ~ 5 Star Review, Cheryl M., Amazon
“This is a delightful 24 page book which shows the reader about selflessness. Many parent’s give up much to make things work when they don’t have a lot of money, and being creative is certainly a key in such situations. Jackie gave up what was dear to her the most to be able to give gifts to her family so they had something to open on Christmas day. In many ways, gift giving has gone out of control. The most expensive items are not necessarily the best. Sometimes it’s the handmade items or drawings that come from the heart that are truly memorable. A gift from the heart is what truly matters most, and it doesn’t have to be much. Children and parent’s alike will enjoy this story because it touches upon one of the best gifts in the world that we can give–LOVE!” ~ 5 Star Review, Children’s Book Reviewer, Amazon
About the Author: Beverly Stowe McClure
Beverly Stowe McClure is a former teacher turned writer. When she was a kid, writing was the last thing on her mind. She loved music and played clarinet in the junior high and high school bands. She also was a majorette. She still plays the piano to relax. Her cats don’t appreciate good music, however, and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.
She lives in the country with Patches and Tiger (the cats), along with a variety of wild critters that stop by for a handout. Next to her sons, grandchildren, and great-grands, writing is her passion and joy. She also enjoys researching her family roots and snapping pictures of clouds, flowers, deer and birds, especially the roadrunner that visits on occasion and the hummingbirds that she feeds.
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