Based on a real experience from the author, this Christmas tale takes a very original direction, which ends with warm feelings and unique inspiration.
Every year, a boy and his father head to a tree farm to find their Christmas tree, something the boy enjoys. One year, after cutting down their perfect tree, the boy discovers a rock by the now cut truck. Concerned that the rock will no longer be happy to be lying in the open, the boy finds a new spot, which should work well. The next years, he visits the rock to make sure it's still fine...until one year, the tree it was under is gone right along with the stone. Finding the stone a few yards away buried in the snow by itself, the boy comes up with a new plan to make sure the rock is always protected.
This is a sweet, Christmas story, which is very easy for kids to relate to (and for adults to remember when they might have done similar things themselves). It's told with a gentle flow, starting with the wonderful atmosphere of finding a perfect tree with a parent, before meeting the stone. The entire thing is done in first person from the child's perspective and with a natural feel. It does make a great read-aloud for quieter moments to settle listeners down and simply enjoy a story.
The illustrations are well done and bring atmosphere to the experiences and happenings. The snowy landscapes and Christmas details invite to the season. These are placed, here and there, around the text at the right moments. The pages are full-sized (A4) with the text in a slightly larger font and always on white, which also makes reading much easier.
I can see kids wanting to meet their own rock friends after this and developing a new hobby for awhile. Plus, there are two sections at the end of the book, which give more insight on the various types of Christmas trees as well as a bunch of Christmas tree facts.
As a super bonus, this book was created with the intention of giving some of the proceeds to The Nature Conservancy's 'Plant a Billion Trees' campaign.
- Bookworm for Kids
This sweet story sent me right back to childhood, when every object in the world might have thoughts, feelings, and a unique personality. Sure to inspire and delight readers of all ages.
- Heather E. Schwartz, award-winning children’s author
My Very Rocky Christmas is a lovely book to share with children before going on that wonderful trip to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. The illustrations give the feel of fresh fallen snow, and the story ties together not only a fun tradition but also a new friendship and compassion. For the young and old, you’ll want to read this book every Christmas.
- Catherine Zampier, author of picture book One of Thirteen
What a sweet, charming book, filled with warmth as it tells of a snowy Christmas tradition from his childhood.
- Amy Biancolli, award-winning author