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The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas (Big Little Golden Book) Hardcover – September 12, 2006
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About the Author
This is Christine Ford's third book. Her picture book, SNOW, was published in 1999 by HarperCollins. Her novel, SCOUT, will be published by Delacorte in Spring, 2006. Ms. Ford grew up in Pittsfield, MA. The author lives in Arlington, TX.
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Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
In a one bedroom house made of plaster & stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give
And to see just who in this home did live.
I looked all about a strange sight I did see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the fire, just boots filled with sand,
On the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kind
A sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, so dark and dreary,
I knew I had found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.
I heard stories about them, I had to see more
So I walked down the hall and pushed open the door.
And there he lay sleeping silent alone,
Curled up on the floor in his one bedroom home.
His face so gentle, his room in such disorder,
Not how I pictured a United States soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I’d just read?
Curled up in his poncho, a floor for his bed?
His head was clean shaven, his weathered face tan,
I soon understood this was more than a man.
For I realized the families that I saw that night
Owed their lives to these men who were willing to fight.
Soon ‘round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate on a bright Christmas day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year,
Because of soldiers like this one lying here.
I couldn’t help wonder how many lay alone
On a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.Read more ›
The pictures are colorful and the storyline is so creative!
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Love this book, I read it to my boys every Christmas Eve. We've had it for at least 4 years now and I plan on buying a copy for my grandchildren. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Caleb Morse
Currently overseas I began searching for a Christmas story with a military flavor. I found this book and wasn't disappointed. Very fitting. Great for kids!Published 7 months ago by Abishai
Four of our family has served in the military, so everyone in our family loves this nice little book.Published 8 months ago by PenguinMom
I was not disappointed in adding this book to my collection. It was well written yet simple. God bless our Troops everywhere.Published 18 months ago by skimap1
This is the best book for any little boy or child who is an army fanatic! My son loved this!! We gave to him on Christmas Eve and he made me read it over and over! :)Published 18 months ago by Jennifer Thomas