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The Spirit of Christmas Hardcover – September 29, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312549652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312549657
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4–&I had just nodded off,/at a quarter past four,/when the Spirit of Christmas/stepped in through my door. So begins this lovely story in which all the delights of the season are presented. Realism and fantasy are satisfyingly paired to bring the mixed-media illustrations of treasured holiday scenes to life. Many of the paintings include bits of lyrics and music from well-known carols. The message is sweet; no matter how fancy one's decorations, no matter how elaborate one's feast, or how many pretty packages wait beneath the tree, &It is love that makes the angels sing. A beautiful and timeless book.–Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library END

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Handsomely illustrated, this Christmas book is bound to be hyped as the perfect seasonal gift. In rhymed verse and a first-person voice, the narrator begins: “I had just nodded off, / at a quarter past four, / when the Spirit of Christmas / stepped in through my door.” The “Spirit” conjures up scenes, symbols, smells, and tastes of the season that are encapsulated in spare, rhythmic words: “Candy cane tongues / and marshmallow mustaches. / Everyone caroling songs of goodwill.” A toy-soldier band, a lion and lamb, snow angels, and Santa Claus are beautifully depicted and lead to the Christmas tree and the message behind the celebration. The Spirit reminds the narrator, “Remember, this all began with a child. / Because it took nothing but love to begin it, / it’s not really Christmas if love isn’t in it.” Tillman’s sentimental sensibility and beautiful artwork ensure that this will become a popular choice at holiday time. Grades K-3. --Julie Cummins

More About the Author

NANCY TILLMAN is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture books On The Night You Were Born; The Spirit of Christmas; Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You; The Crown on Your Head; I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love; Tumford the Terrible and Tumford's Rude Noises. She is also the illustrator of It's Time to Sleep, My Love, by Eric Metaxas and Let There Be Light, by Desmond Tutu. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Nancy lives in Portland, Oregon where she creates books to help parents speak the love they feel for their children.

Nancy loves to participate and have conversations with all the wonderful families that have enjoyed her books. So check her out on https://www.facebook.com/Nancy.Tillman.Collection or visit her website at nancytillman.com.



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Customer Reviews

This is such a beautifully written and illustrated book.
Lynn
We now have the collection of books and I would highly recommend all of them, beautiful pictures to go with a great story!
Kimberly
We look forward to reading it every year at Christmas time.
Fraunjean

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Debra on November 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased several books hoping to better explain Christmas to my 2 year old. The other books were all classics but this one was the best of the lot. The book had a message that applied to both my 2 year old daughter and my 29 year old daughter. It was beautiful and I found myself tearing up at the end of the book. My daughter loved the pictures and has had me read the book to her quite a few times.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. N. Riley on December 7, 2009
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Every year I give my children, who are all over 21 now, a Christmas book. When I read "The Spirit of Christmas" I knew it was the one for this year. It is rhyming, which I love, and told in first person by a mother, or grandmother,or a favorite aunt, or simply the giver of the book. The spirit of Christmas comes to her and tries to help her feel the spirit of Christmas. He names several things the spirit of Christmas brings: "Bells, he said, Jingle bells! Bells right away! Bells on a one horse galloping sleigh" and "Snow that lies silent, As quiet as a mouse, And roads that all lead to your grandmother's house."
Near the end he reminds her that the season was started by a child and that's when it dawns on her, "That's when I got it! That's when I knew! The thing that was missing from Christmas was you!" My daughter-in-law read it and I ask her what she thought of it and she said, "I think you love us." That is true.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peggy McColl on December 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Nancy Tillman has created the most beautiful Christmas book ever! I purchased one for my little niece and I look forward to reading it to her at Christmastime.

This book is an absolute MUST for everyone's library! I would suggest that you buy one for someone you love AND buy one for the gift giving that is available in all of our cities for the underprivileged children.

The Spirit of Christmas has messages that will warm your heart. Sure, the children definitely "win" by having this book read to them, or by reading it themselves, but as an adult, you will find your spirit deeply touched by these words. Heck, you may even want to buy a copy for an adult who still has that "child-like" spirit -- I'm sure they'll love it too.

Peggy McColl, [...]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By China Mom on December 6, 2010
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After reading other reviews I purchased this book and am now planning on ordering a few more for gifts. This book is perfect for our family (5 year old daughter) as we are spiritual (Christian base) but not practicing. The book gives an idea to children and a reminder to adults that Christmas isn't just about the gifts, lights, and jingle bells but something more. My daughter especially likes to look for the "spirit" on each page. Can't go wrong with this one!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ebandive on December 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My husband read this book to our two year old for the first time. His comment, "This book is creepy."

On many pages, you vaguely see The Spirit's face blended into the illustrations. Like a ghost. Kinda creepy indeed.

Regardless of the creepiness, this book isn't actually written for children. It seems to be written for parents who are missing their children, or for grown children who have moved away from home. The sentiment of the story is sweet, but really just doesn't apply to our family as we sit together and read a Children's book to a toddler.

In a way, it is similar to the book "I'll love you forever." Both books have a sweet sentiment about a parent's love for a child, but in the end, they aren't really books the child can understand until they are grown.

So really, it's a beautiful picture book for adults who miss their children, or children who are away from home and miss their parents.

But for my toddlers... they don't understand or appreciate it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rae O on December 19, 2012
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This book is nice and has beautiful illustrations, but I noticed that it seems geared toward a child who has either grown and left the house, or a child who has shared custody and doesn't live with the parent reading the book. I say this because the point of the story is that something is missing that is making it not feel like Christmas. They get to the end of the book and realize that the thing missing from Christmas is you (the child). And makes reference to wanting the child under the tree, and no matter how far they roam, to always consider this home. This message seems a little odd for me to read to my child who lives at home with me...however, she apparently thinks nothing of it. She likes this book (she is 3), but it would also be quite nice for older children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Malissa A. Butterfield on June 9, 2011
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I bought this book for my Dad because it tears me up when I read it! Such a touching story about how Christmas is really about the people we share it with and how as children grow its not quite the same! I can't read it without getting misty eyed! It also has beautiful illustrations!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LPL Mommy on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I like to get my daughter geared up for the Seasons with books. I find this especially important down in Florida where don't really experience much of a change in Seasons, so I like to mark the seasons in other ways so it feels different for her. Anyhow, I had looked at a number of Christmas books for her. I have the other Tillman book of the "Night You Were Born" and I think it's very sweet, but at times nonsensical, but we still like it. Anyhow, I had my eye on this Christmas book, but they did not have a copy at my local library. It just so happens that my mother bought it for my daughter knowing that I like to read her seasonal books and I have to say this is GREAT Christmas book. The pictures/illustrations are stunning and make my heart twinge for a White Christmas we never get down here, but more importantly, I really loved the message and think it will remain applicable for my child in the years to come. Of course, Santa, Baby Jesus, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf, etc. are hallmarks of the Christmas season, but for a 2 year old, some of things could be scary (Santa) and certainly not easy to understand. When children get older, Santa, Rudolf, etc. won't really feel applicable anymore. I think this book is perfect, because it is true that, for me, the Spirit of Christmas is all about my daughter.
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