This is a sensitive and inspiring story for children, as well as adults, that emphasizes the true meaning of sharing and helping the less fortunate. It is a story that will help children look beyond the commercialism of our time and more significantly, do something special during the Christmas holiday.
Jeffrey loved Christmas. The houses were decorated with sparkly tinsel and different-colored lights. Snow covered all the houses and trees in soft blankets of white. Jeffrey and his friends were very happy. Christmas was a great time of year to have fun by sliding down hills in the snow with their inner tubes and rubber mats.
This was an exciting and magical time of year. Carolers strolled through the neighborhood singing Christmas songs. Jeffrey’s mom baked her tasty holiday treats.
On Christmas Eve, Jeffrey wanted to go to the toy store with his dad. On the way, he noticed that a man was selling Christmas trees. One small tree in particular was so damaged that no one wanted to buy it.
Jeffrey had an idea. With the money he had saved, he wanted to buy the broken-down tree. When they came home, Jeffrey and his dad fixed the tree and added pretty decorations. Then they walked around the neighborhood looking for someone less fortunate whom they could cheer up with an unexpected gift—the repaired tree.
Suddenly, Jeffrey saw a homeless man under a bridge. He thought that this might be the person that could use some cheering up. Not only did Jeffrey make a less-fortunate person’s Christmas a real Christmas, but also the Christmas tree that no one wanted had a holiday home.
This is a wonderful story that is as endearing as it is meaningful. The theme of the story may be used as a platform for parents to discuss with their children that giving is often better than receiving. The illustrations are bright and colorful, bringing the true meaning of the story to life.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth