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Benny: A Tale of a Christmas Toy Kindle Edition

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Length: 54 pages

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  • File Size: 221 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flying Raven Press (December 13, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB16WK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane on December 21, 2011
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From the cover this book looks likea children's book, but it is not! We started reading this with my 7 yr. old and had to quickly stop as they start talking about how Santa is not real. The cover is very deceiving!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 7, 2011
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When I first found this book I thought it was a children's story. But as I read it I realized it was not. My reason is because in this story parents tell a child there is no Santa Claus. I don't personally think that is a very good idea. Also this book has a bit of suspense and there is an accident that might be too scary for children. Basically the story is about a bear that is broken and needs to be returned to the store. But instead the father decides to keep the bear. He talks to the bear all the time and realizes the bear is magical and while it doesn't talk back it is watching everything and keeping the family safe. The ending is quite good even though it took me a few minutes to get it. I'd recommend this for adults or teenagers but not for small children.

~The Rebecca Review
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 5, 2011
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This is a very nicely-written feel-good story which is appropriate for any age. The author does a good job of storytelling, and the tale moves along nicely toward its delightful conclusion. This one will leave you smiling. Read it when you need a quick pick-me-up. It will leave you delighted.
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I really liked this story. It was whimsical and somehow soothing. I perceived the story to be about safety, about having a guardian, perhaps a guardian angel of sorts. A supernatural gardian angel.

Children sometimes see their stuffed animals as protectors. When afraid of the dark or a new situation, out come the stuffed animals as protection. This story takes that to another level. I would love to have a "Benny" for my children. I can still remember my favorite teddy bear from childhood. Maybe that is why this story felt comforting to me.

That said, this story would not be appropriate for young children. There are Santa issues, and there are a few scenes that would probably be scary to young children. It really is a shame, because the story message itself would be great for kids. The message is that someone or something is always looking out for you, even when you don't see it. This one is going into my keeper folder.
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A surprisingly cute little story. I think I had that bear - only he went by the name of Teddy Ruxpin (lol). I can totally sympathize with the Dad's decision; I've needed a way to unload my personal burdens before. The idea of the role of the Christmas Toy is intriguing. Overall, this is a 4 1/2 star story. The plot is solid 5 stars, the mechanics of the writing are 5 stars. The point of view gets 4 stars because it is a little weird in the first person point of view. It does work for this story though.

This is one you could read to the kiddos, but the youngest won't understand it. They will just enjoy the surface facts of the story (kind of like the Shrek movies: they're funny to adults for the things the kids don't really understand).

Recommended.
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This is definitely not a children's story! Never mind that these parents told their child the truth about Santa. In this case it was probably time.

I shed a tear or two over this story because I have always been strangely sentimental about old, much loved, stuffed animals and dolls and I understand this man's attatchment to Benny and his reluctance to discard him.

This was a sad, sweet, and poignant little story, well written and imaginative. I loved it!!!
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By Da_Cats_meow on October 25, 2012
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This is not a picture book, but not quite a full young adult book at the teenage level either. It was enjoyable for me as an adult but I would probably recommend the book go to kids in the 10-15 range for optimum enjoyment.

The adults think the Christmas gift is broken when the bear doesn't talk like it's supposed to but the child figures out the Bear is special.

This story kind of had a feel to it that reminded me of Toy Story by Disney. Interesting and good.
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By Kimberly Bowman on March 5, 2013
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I found I didn't want to finish thie story for my child because he got bored. He's 4 and we books from my kindle without pictures a lot, so it wasn't so much that he wasn't stimulated with illustrations as that he just didn't care for the story. I didn't finish it for him, but I will try again in a year or so. So if you have an older child - maybe 7-10 - this book will probably be better.
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