In this delightfully original Christmas story, our young narrator is thrilled. His favorite holiday is coming., and he looks forward to the presents, a great big tree, and baking a chocolate cake with
In this delightfully original Christmas story, our young narrator is thrilled. His favorite holiday is coming., and he looks forward to the presents, a great big tree, and baking a chocolate cake with his grandmother. But soon he starts to wonder: What happens to all the trees that get cut down and don't make it to the next Christmas? And what about all the people "who don't have a place to live or food to eat or presents in a stocking/or under a tree?" His thoughts shift - maybe he should give his extra presents to kids who don't have any, and give homeless people hats, gloves, and scarves. He realizes that Christmas is really about community, people coming together and helping each other. "Christmas makes me think/about others/and not just me!" His thoughtfulness leads to a magical celebration of the real spirit of Christmas.
Tony Medina has written a poetic and moving Christmas story that is sure to be a hit with all families during Christmas. Chandra Cox has colorfully illustrated the story with bright and unique mixed-media collage art, giving it a very contemporary feel. The author includes a page of resources for children and families who want to get more involved in their community, especially around the holidays.
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Grades K - 4
Grades 1 - 2
African/African American Interest, Environment/Nature, Family Traditions, Holidays & Celebrations, Home, Religion/Spiritual, Sharing & Giving
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Tony Medina is a prolific poet and writer whose work can be found in numerous anthologies. He is the author of DeShawn Days, Christmas Makes Me Think, and a contributor to the anthology Love to Mamß: A Tribute to Mothers, published by LEE & LOW BOOKS. He was selected by Writer's Digest as one of ten poets to watch in the new millennium. Medina lives in Harlem, New York City, and is an English Professor at Long Island University.
Chandra Cox is a fine artist whose paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States. She received her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University, and is an associate professor of art and design at North Carolina State University. Cox lives in Durham, North Carolina. This is her first picture book.