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Beautiful and touching Christmas tale
on January 25, 2011
This was recommended to me by a fellow teacher. I've always loved Cynthia Rylant's powerful work that makes me homesick for an Appalachian life my western US self has never known, and that same spirit comes to life in this Christmas gem.
Based on the train that delivers packages each November, this tells the story of a boy whose holiday magic depends on the gifts thrown from the train. Year after year, he never receives the Christmas present he dreams of. His disappoint results in a strong message that makes this book so memorable.
The book imagines a back story to the train of a generous rich gentleman trying to pay back a town's kindness, and this same mood permeates the story. Perhaps not historically accurate, but certainly appreciated and appealing to the imagination.
The illustrations are vivid and details and full of expression.
This is one that is hard to read with a dry eye.