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Book Review of Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck
I’m always looking for great, new Christmas books to add to my collection—you can’t ever have enough Christmas books, right? Even though my children are a bit older now, they still love going through and reading all the Christmas books we have. When I was asked to review Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S. Buck, I got excited! When I found out that I already knew the story I got even more excited! I’ve told my children this story for many years, but I didn’t know that Pearl S. Buck wrote it, and I’ve just always read it from a typed sheet of paper. I am so excited to now have this story in a nice, hard-bound book with beautiful photos.
In this adaptation of “Christmas Day in the Morning,” Rob looks back on his boyhood and remembers giving an unusual gift of self—a gift that filled him with Christmas joy. Now, fifty years later, Rob realizes he can still give a gift from his heart.
The original Pearl S. Buck story, published in Collier’s magazine in 1955, concludes with the older Rob writing a letter of gratitude and love to his wife. As he does, Christmas joy is awakened in him once again.
The final pages of this book provide a place for you to write your own letter of gratitude and love—a letter that will naturally be included when you give this book to a family member, neighbor, or friend. As you do, you may experience what Rob learned as a boy, and then again as a man: the gifts most likely to rekindle Christmas joy are not just the presents we give with our hands, but the gratitude we express from our hearts.”
My Book Review:
I love this story so much! I love how excited young Robert gets for his dad to see his Christmas surprise. Every time I read it, I’m so glad Robert’s father reacts in the perfect way. There’s a second there where you wonder if Robert’s father will notice or if he’ll say anything to Robert about it. Thank goodness he does! The joy of giving truly shines through in this story, and it does the reader good! There are so many lessons in this short book! This book teaches love, kindness, the importance of giving, the joy of giving, and thankfulness for gifts given. It’s not just giving, either, it’s the joy of giving of oneself. Selfless giving.
I love the photos that go with this book! They are beautiful and go perfectly with the story. I know this is weird, but I love the nice, thick paper of this book. Another great feature of this book is the place left at the end of the book for “A letter of gratitude and love.” There are a few pages of lines where you get to write your own letter of gratitude and love. I love that idea! This book is the perfect addition to any Christmas library, and hopefully on Christmas day in the morning the messages of this book will long be remembered.
Content Rating: G (It’s clean!)
My Rating: 4/5
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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