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By Tony Medina
Illustrated by Chandra Cox
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.
Booktalk with author Tony Medina
- Interest Level
- Grades K - 4
- Reading Level
- Grades 1 - 2
- African/African American Interest, Environment/Nature, Family Traditions, Holidays & Celebrations, Home, Religion/Spiritual, Sharing & Giving
- Accelerated Reader
- Level: 2.8
Tony Medina is the author of Love to Langston, Christmas Makes Me Think, DeShawn Days, and I and I, published by Lee & Low Books. In addition, he has written a book for young adults, FYI: Follow-up Letters to Santa from Kids who Never Got a Response, five volumes of poetry for adults, been included in more than eighty publications, and edited several anthologies featuring the work of emerging poets. Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Howard University, Medina lives in the Washington, D.C., area.
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.