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Can't Wait Till Christmas Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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One of the things that made me smile with this book was seeing just how far Mike and Pat, the children, would go. It seems that a story that illustrates a part of our childhood and maybe what we are going through with our own kids is the best kind of story.
Then, I would like to add, besides celebrating how rewarding the virtue of patience can be, this short Christmas story stresses the importance of Character. In his book "Do the Right Thing" at page 30 Mike Huckabee says "Character has been defined as "what we are when no one but God is watching." Character is believing that even if I don't "get caught", the rightness or wrongness of an action is more about the action itself and not just the discovery of it by others." So, the kids Mike and Pat learn what Character is about, when they understand their sort of cheating was wrong, not because they were discovered by their parents, but because they slowly perceive that what they did makes them feel bad. In fact, when you cheat, whatever the cheating is about, the first person you damage is yourself, and those who refrain from cheating are the ones who have better lives thanks to their Character. I believe this is the main lesson we can take from this short tale, which can be an important reminder that behaving according to acceptable moral codes, based on the respect of others, starting from our childhood, is essential in order to have a society founded on reciprocal trust, where it is possible for us to build a solid future.
I also liked Jed Henry's illustrations. He has a unique style for drawing characters. What really impressed me though was the detail of the house. Little details in the illustrations were reminiscent of a late 1950s home (when the story would take place if it is an actual biography of Mr. Huckabee). I'm interested to see where Mr. Henry's illustration career goes.
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I like the story, but whenever I read it to my son I have to explain to him about how some parents open their gifts differently. Read morePublished 6 months ago by orangesumr
These products are just ok. The one-room schoolhouse book the best I have seen.I would highly recomend it to anyone.Published on February 22, 2014 by irene francis
I have for the second time read this story to my 1st grade class. It is so very hard for a 6 year old to understand, but I have to keep trying.Published on January 5, 2014 by Girl's mom
Good reading for kids.
And it is for Christmas what else could you ask for.
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Slightly disappointed as I felt this book does't quire measure up to other things he has published but still feel this book to be a worthy purchase.Published on July 7, 2013 by Harry Jasperson Sr.
There is a reason this book is always 85% off retail. I have 4 children and have owned/read thousands of children's books. This one has to be in the bottom three. Save your $2.77.Published on June 22, 2013 by emers2002