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A Dog Named Christmas Hardcover – November 4, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion; First Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385525982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385525985
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Slight in volume and big in heart, this sentimental tale ... is the perfect Xmas gift for dog lovers ... If you loved Louis De Bernieres' Red Dog, you'll love this." Your Choice Magazine "Here's a book to curl up with in front of the fire!" Dogs Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

GREG KINCAID, when not writing, is a practicing lawyer, specializing in divorce and family law mediation. He lives on a farm in eastern Kansas with his wife, three horses, two dogs, and two cats.


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Greg Kincaid was born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 30, 1957. He has lived in rural Kansas most of his life. He is married and has five children. His first book, Death Walk at Acoma, was a young adult novel publihsed in 1992 by Sunstone. In 2008, his second novel, A Dog Named Christmas (Random House), made it to the the New York Times Extended Best Seller's list. In 2009, it was released as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that was enthusiastically received by over twelve million viewers. His third novel, Christmas with Tucker, the prequel to A Dog Named Christmas, is scheduled for release by Crown Books in November of 2010. Greg is an attorney and an advocate for both animal shelters and literacy.

Customer Reviews

I ordered this book a year after the Hallmark Movie played on TV.
Cheryl
A Dog's Life: Autobiography of a Stray If you love animals any animals this story will melt your heart.
Three Little Kittens
A quick read but very heartwarming and a book that I would share with anyone.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just in time for the holidays is a touching story of a young man, his doubting father and a stray dog.

Todd McCray, a developmentally challenged young man, hears about a special program the local animal shelter is running for the holidays. In an effort to clear the shelter for the holidays when there is not enough staff available to care for the animals, the town shelter is asking the public to "bring a dog home just for the holidays." The idea is that families will choose a dog to visit them for a couple of weeks at Christmastime and then return the dog after the holidays are over.

Todd immediately wants his family to participate, but his dad, who in the past has dealt with the death of two very special dogs, wants no part of the program. Given the title of the book and that it is a holiday release, it is fairly obvious from the beginning that the McCrays are going to participate. To what extent they become involved and how their involvement changes their lives is really what the book is about.

I initially had some trouble with the basic idea behind the book. I worried about how the dogs that were taken back to the shelters after Christmas would feel. Would they think they had done something wrong? Would it be harder on them to have been in a family and returned than not have had a family at all? Finally I quelled those feelings and just sat back and read the book. I'm glad I did.

In this relatively short book (the actual story is only 143 pages long), author Greg Kincaid has written a story so warm, so tender that it will have readers both laughing and crying at the same time.

Armchair Interviews says: A Dog Named Christmas will give readers a shot of pure Christmas joy.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Melton on November 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Greg Kincaid has captured the essence of pet adoption in this short, timely book for the holidays. When they turn a pet into an adoption agency, people give many reasons why a pet "didn't work out," and many of the reasons translate to, "It just wasn't convenient." Adopting a pet is a commitment, not a convenience. Greg's story shows us the healing power of love between family members -- pets included. I'm going to give copies of the book to everyone for Christmas, and to the assisted living facility where my mom is, so that they can read it aloud at Story Time. They will love it!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. Fritz on November 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A Dog Named Christmas is the perfect holiday read. The story is about a unique young man who shows his family and others the meaning of Christmas through his devotion to a dog adopted from a shelter. Anyone who has worked on behalf of homeless pets will cheer this important message. I recommend this book to any dog lover. Even better, adopt a homeless dog and read the book together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A Dog Named Christmas, by Greg Kincaid is a uplifting book just in time for the holidays.

Todd McCray is a developmentally challenged young man who learns that the local animal shelter needs some temporary homes, over the holidays for its dogs since the shelter will be terribly short staffed. He begs his parents to allow him to select a dog to care for over the holidays. Todd's dad is reluctant, as he had lost two special dogs years ago and does not want the family to experience the pain he experienced.

Well although it comes as no surprise, Todd does get to select a dog, which he names Christmas. Despite the lack of a surprise element in this sweet little book (fewer than 200 pages), the book is more about the message: how small acts of kindness can make such a difference to both humans and the animals as well.

A Recommended read for the holidays or it might make a sweet gift for an animal lover.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Josephine M. Roed on December 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
It seems like I got on a "dog" kick with books lately, so I am not surprised that I ordered this book; however, I am thrilled with the results. This book touched my heart, making me think more about what I can do to help homeless animals and animal shelters place rescued animals. I enjoyed reading this book so much and thought it had such a heartwarming rescue tale that I ordered this book for my book club girls for their Christmas gift. I anticipate that 22 girls will have the same impression and call to action that I had when I read this book: how can I make a difference?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Newmeyer on November 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book for its wonderful warm characters. The story revolves around a dog that is adopted for the Christmas holidays. It is a touching tale of how he effects the lives of the family especially the father and mentally challenged son. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the characters and the loving way they related to each other. This is good reading for the whole family, and a great stocking stuffer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on December 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
George McCray is a farmer living on the land his ancestors bought from Native Americans. He enjoys a contented life with his wife, Mary Ann, and his 20-year-old developmentally disabled son, Todd. Although George worries a little over Todd's future, the young man's sunny disposition and affinity with animals make him a joy to be around. He is challenged, however, when Todd hears a radio announcement from the local animal shelter, asking locals to take home a dog just for the holidays.

Todd is so enthused that George has a hard time discouraging him, but he tries. George just cannot bring himself to have another relationship with a new dog; he has loved and lost two in his lifetime, and can't bear to put himself through that trauma again. George also wants to instill character in his son, believing it's good for Todd to know that he can't have everything and anything his heart desires. However, when Todd speaks to his mom, Mary Ann agrees that hosting a dog for just a week shouldn't be a problem. (George quips: "Our home is not a democracy. It is a benevolent dictatorship. Queen Mary Ann had spoken.")

As might be expected, Todd and Mary Ann finally persuade George, although George frequently reminds Todd that any dog they take will be returned to the animal shelter on December 26th. At the shelter, he is touched to see the care Todd takes in checking out each dog. The worker there also appears to be impressed with Todd's interest and sincerity. Todd finally settles on a big black lab retriever mix, an older and extremely well-behaved stray he calls "Christmas."

Christmas settles in with the McCray family with ease. Todd and Christmas, of course, are constantly together.
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