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Journey To Christmas Creek Paperback – October 25, 2011
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As the author of The American Patriot's Treasury of Historical Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas, I am always on the look out for easy ways to include American Indian culture during the holidays. Beautifully done Melinda!
In the Montana territory in the early 1800s, a group of Native American villagers prepares to find a new home. Their current home can no longer support their needs. Spotted Buffalo, a young man, feels excited as he prepares with the rest of the villagers to move, but his younger sister, Gentle Tears, doesn't want to leave the only home she's ever known. Their father, Red Sun, does his best to make Gentle Tears understand the importance of looking for a new place to live, but she only understands that she is leaving behind the familiarity of their valley.
Red Sun, too, shares Gentle Tears' sadness, but he also understands that if his people are to survive, this move must happen. When Spotted Buffalo asks where they will establish their new home, Red Sun answers that he doesn't know. All he knows is that upon entering the grounds of their new village, his heart will surely alert him.
The journey begins, and one night as the villagers stop to rest Spotted Buffalo decides to prove his manhood by finding on his own the grounds for the new village. He slips away by the cover of darkness, only to discover Gentle Tears following him. Gentle Tears holds her fear as a shield, but she trusts her brother. And when Spotted Buffalo gets into trouble, Gentle Tears must do what she can to emerge from her shield and exhibit the courage she never knew she possessed.
Author Elmore's touching tale offers readers the right dose of heart and Christmas spirit. Readers will be transported to an earlier time in history when family relationships superseded all. Young readers, in particular, will enjoy this short book. Elmore offers this story to that demographic, but readers of any age will feel the magic of the moonlit night when Spotted Buffalo and Gentle Tears embark on their adventure.
I definitely recommend this e-book for readers wanting a sweet, tender holiday story.
A tribe of Indians must move to find more food and water.
Red Sun has to slow down the traveling tribe because the older folks are exhausted. His young son, Spotted Buffalo has decided to take off in the middle of the night to try to continue, as he realizes the importance of finding the right spot. He wants to prove himself a man. The boy prays to the Great Spirit for help and learns that his little sister, Gentle Tears, has caught him and threatens to tell if he doesn't take her with him.
Together they leave and travel until they find the most perfect place ever. It has fresh water from a nearby waterfall and there are a lot of buffalo around the area. All of a sudden, Spotted Buffalo falls and breaks his leg. It's a bad break and he pleads with his sister to go back and find the tribe without him.
After some danger, she finds Red Sun and leads him back to the falls.
Christmas Creek is a special place filled with miracles and the children grow and mature quickly from their journey to help others. This is a beautiful Christmas read for young and old alike.
The story is about two children, Spotted Buffalo and Gentle Tears, who in the early 1800's travel with their family and tribe to find a special place to live since their sacred home land in Moon Valley has given out of food to feed the village. They must travel until they find the perfect spot to settle. What the two brave children do to help their family will astound you.
JOURNEY TO CHRISTMAS CREEK is an amazing read for everyone and what a great book to give as a Christmas present and you will be helping a family in need.