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Jack's Christmas might be considered a children's book. It is beautifully illustrated and grabs the attention of youngsters, especially when read aloud. But don't limit this wonderful book to children. It has a touching message for all ages - the attraction...the comfort...the importance of "home." I enjoy the book, my grandchildren adore it, and I have used it as a gift to a number of adults. Treat yourself, your family, and your friends to a special message from J. Paige Straley.
This book is a revelation. What a terrific children's book -- truly a great story for the holiday season. I speak from experience. I'm a father of seven and my littlest boys are discovering reading right now. Sometimes they needed help. "Jack's Christmas" is the sort of book that a young reader will enjoy on his own. It's also a book I enjoy reading with my children. These will be the memories you will treasure. It's unlikely you will ever look back as fondly on time spent with video games and television. Times spent reading together are the greatest memories a parent can have of such a children. "Jack's Christmas" is a book that can help such magic happen. It's perfect for both boys and girls.
My grandson Jack loves the book with his name, the wonderful pictures, and the lovely verse. I am sure it is something he will keep and treasure more when he’s older.
I have used Jack’s Christmas with fourth and fifth grades. They have been very receptive. I used it as a motivation to trigger their own personal writings. I recommend this book to all!
I enjoy this book because it is really exciting and you never know what is going to happen next. I like it where Jack wonders if he should tell himself “No” and when he has “just one mile more” to go. I like it when Jack’s family greets him when he gets to their house. I love the pictures in the book. This story reminds me of taking a family trip from North Carolina to Minnesota.
Rev. Bob Thompson
Christmas transports us to so many places – joy, travel, family, love, beauty, light, and more. For me, Christmas is faith and hope through Jesus Christ. The brilliance of Jack’s Christmas is that a parent or relative or teacher or pastor can use Jack’s adventure to dive subtly and then deeply into any one or all of these places. “The door’s flung open,” Jack! You’re safe because your quest has brought you home where you belong.
Dr. Paula Love
An exhilarating adventure awaits children of all ages in Jack’s Christmas. After reading this winter tale, you are left with a warm, cozy feeling of belonging; something we all long for and need in our lives. For parents, caretakers, and teachers, Jack’s Christmas enables children to experience the often, neglected art of rhymed poetry in a delightful story. Teachable moments abound with themes such as safety and security, perseverance, science, and natural environments. Jack comes alive as he slips and slides his way home. And what a heart warming home coming it is!
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