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.
Tumbleweed Christmas starts off very depressing and it gets worse, but in the end it is as good as can be given the circumstances of having a father sick in the hospital and a mother with no income and three young children to take care of at home.
Jackie’s family is the only one on the street that doesn’t have a Christmas tree and she wants to provide that for her family. Her and her best friend go out on the hunt, but can’t find one that fits their budget of the $1.00 she’s saved from her lunch money. However, when a tumbleweed bumps into them, she sees the opportunity and turns it into a unique tree adorned with handmade decorations, aided by her younger sisters.
She’s disheartened to see that there aren’t any gifts under the tree so she sells her most prized possession in order to buy small gifts for her younger sisters and parents so that they would have something under their tumbleweed Christmas tree and her little sisters wouldn’t be disappointed on Christmas morning.
Though the overall mood of this children’s book is low, Tristan has said from the first read that he likes it, and has requested we read it since. He also likes the illustrations. Tristan loves dressing up as superheroes and the main character of this story is dressed as a superhero as well which is appropriate as she is her family’s own superhero bringing joy to an otherwise bleak holiday.
This book has many good thinking points for both children and adults alike. Although many people donate to shoebox appeals overseas, there could be someone you know, maybe even on your own street that is having a tough time this Christmas. Be thankful for what you do have and remember that friends and family are more important than physical trinkets.
In our current throw-away society, this is the perfect time to think about ways to use what you already have. Last weekend we learned how to forage and make our own Christmas wreath. They are too expensive for us to buy in the shops, but now we can have our own beautiful wreaths each year at no cost.
Remember that miracles may not be what you want or expect, but may be just what you need, don’t miss your opportunity when it’s presented to you.
“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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