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|Title: A Simple Christmas on the Farm|
By: Phyllis Alsdurf
Illustrated By: Lisa Hunt
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Beaming Books
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 10.00 X 10.00 X 0.25 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces
Stock No: WW471365
When a little girl finds out her family is planning a "simple" Christmas this year, she's not so sure about it. But soon she gets into the spirit of simplicity and generosity by making presents and Christmas decorations with her parents and grandparents on their family farm. She and her mama share Christmas cookies with friends they meet, inviting everyone to join them for Christmas in their little red barn.
Warm and heartfelt, this story invites children and families to imagine an inclusive Christmas, focusing on the simple pleasures of connection, community, and the care and generosity shared by making things by hand. Step-by-step directions for creating three handmade Christmas gifts are included at the end of the book. A Simple Christmas on the Farm is an inspired companion to author Phyllis Alsdurf's bestselling Thanksgiving in the Woods, a picture book based on the real-life story of a family that celebrates Christmas in the woods in Upstate New York.
Phyllis Alsdurf is a former journalism and creative writing professor and the author of It's Milking Time (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019) and Thanksgiving in the Woods (Beaming Books, 2017).
Phyllis holds a PhD in journalism, with an emphasis on media and religion, and master's degrees in humanities and journalism. She has written and edited for a variety of religious publications and contributed to several books on media and religion.
Lisa Hunt is a freelance illustrator living near London, England. She has a degree in Fine Art from Coventry University and has illustrated several books and worked for publishers in the United States and the United Kingdom.
When not at her desk, Lisa can usually be found in the local coffee shop happily eating carrot cake, or sitting on the staircase at home waggling a bit of string at an over-excitable ginger cat.
"The simple, but special, Christmas celebrated in this heartwarming story is one that I yearn for. In the style of her first book, Thanksgiving in the Woods, Phyllis Alsdurf takes us back to the true spirit of Christmas and invites us to step through the doors of a little red barn, where we are reminded what this holiday should really be about: giving, generosity, friendship, and family. If you buy only one Christmas picture book this year, make it this one." --Glenys Nellist, author of Little Mole's Christmas Gift and 'Twas the Evening of Christmas
"A sweet story about refocusing holiday values away from consumerism and back to family, giving, sharing, and community. I would not be surprised if young readers will want to start new traditions of their own." --Heidi Stemple, author of Counting Birds and coauthor of A Kite for Moon
"One family's simple Christmas is a joyful reminder that generosity, love, and community are the true gifts of the season. A heartwarming look at Christmas without the commercial trappings." --Laura Renauld, author of Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers and Porcupine's Pie
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