I love the message depicted in this children’s book. Thomas S. Monson recounts a Christmas memory from his childhood. As a boy, he yearned for an electric train. On Christmas morning, he got exactly what he wanted. But then he noticed a second train his mother had purchased for the boy down the street whose family was struggling. Although it was only a wind-up train, it had a beautiful oil tanker car which little Tommy wanted for his own. Soon after, Tommy s mother invited him to accompany her to the neighbor s home to deliver the gift. Young Mark was thrilled with his new train and, of course, didn’t notice the missing oil tanker. However, a remorseful Tommy did.
What happened next will bring the spirit of Christmas into every heart and home that reads this story. I love books like this that inspire giving from our hearts. This book is illustrated by renowned artist Dan Burr, and also was the winner of the 2012 Gold Medal Mom’s Choice Award!
Includes a QR code for a FREE download of President Monson’s narration of the story! Also you can Download the new interactive Christmas Train app for your iPad!
The pages come alive with animations, sound effects, and narration by the author, Thomas S. Monson. Kids will love listening to a true Christmas story, read by a familiar voice, while navigating trains, turning Christmas lights on and off, and experiencing the importance of giving during the Christmas season.
About the Author
President Thomas S. Monson was set apart as the 16th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 2008. He had previously served for twenty-two years in the First Presidency of the Church. Five years after his call to the Twelve, he was given a special assignment for the work of the Church in Europe, requiring many visits with members behind the Iron Curtain. He was instrumental in the construction of the Freiberg Germany Temple and in advancing the Lord’s work in other eastern European countries that were part of the communist bloc. He also served as chairman of the Scriptures Publication Committee and supervised the process that resulted in the new editions of the scriptures. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service. President Monson and his wife, Frances, are the parents of three children, grandparents of eight, and great-grandparents of eight.
About the Illustrator
Dan Burr earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master’s degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are raising their two children in the Teton Valley of southeast Idaho, a setting that provides great artistic inspiration and fantastic fly fishing. Dan is a well-known illustrator, having been in the business for many years, most recently working as a children’s picture book illustrator. A few of the books Dan has illustrated are The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes; God Bless Your Way; A Christmas Journey; and I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.
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I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that your eyes will be open to see all your blessings and discover how to bless the lives of others in your realm of influence like this book shows.