The author begins the book by thinking back to a Christmas when she was a child and was worried Santa Claus wouldn't be able to get to her house due to a snow storm. She looks out the window and sees her father shoveling the driveway - right in the middle of the storm.
"The storm increased tremendouslyShe tries to stay awake, but soon drifts off to sleep. But she thinks she hears a voice say "Thanks a lot for all your help!" and "Be careful on your flight!" When she wakes up, the sidewalk is clear and she sees hoof prints in the snow.
as my gaze fell down below,
And all the work that he had done
was covered up with snow! And yet he kept on going, relentless in his chore
Of clearing off the sidewalk and a path
to our front door."
"Dad knew what I was thinking,The last two pages of the book discuss the real reason for Christmas, beginning with the words "Just a note to remember/all blessings come from above."
Was it Santa there with you?
Did he help you with the shoveling;
was that his gift to you?
Before I spoke, he winked and grinned,
as if to silence me;
'That will be our secret, for all eternity!"
Throughout, watercolor illustrations by Jason Hutton add interest.
What I Like:The author has a talent for writing in rhyme, although this book could have been much tighter.
What I Dislike: Again, I find a lot of filler in this book. I also don't think the plot or point of the story is very strong. The tacked on reminder at the end that "oh yeah, Christmas is really about Jesus" is very much disconnected to the rest of the story.
Publishing Info: Tate; 2011; ISBN: 978-1613464229; paperback, 24 pgs., $8.99.
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