Sunday, October 24, 2010
The Christmas Gift by R. William Bennett
Short Review: It's great! I loved it! I recommend it!
Longer Story: I was sitting around, wondering what Christmas book I should read this year. (Each year I try to read two Christmas novels.) I had one picked out: Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn-- a re-read that I loved. Then lo and behold, I got an email asking if I'd like a copy of The Christmas Gift to review. What? Of course I did! Woo-hoo!
It's a short novel. Fourteen short chapters with lots of white space in between them. I could have read it in a day--which is saying a lot for me because as I've said before, I'm a slow reader.
It is an engaging novel. I see its appeal for elementary school students (as a read-aloud) up to adults. I could easily read this aloud to my boys in the near future. I predict reading a chapter each night for a couple weeks in early December. I appreciate that it re-enforces character traits that I'm teaching at home: forgiveness and kindness. Other things I liked about the book: a loving dad who listened to his son and offered sound advice, and a son who did the right thing even when it was hard.
P.S. You may cry. It's touching like that. : )