Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Christmas Train - A True Story by Thomas S. Monson
Author: Thomas S. Monson
Illustrated: Dan Burr
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: October 9th, 2012
FTC FYI: Received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Inside cover summary: As a boy, Thomas S. Monson yearned for an electric train. To his delight, on Christmas morning, he got exactly hat -- a train that operated through the miracle of electricity. Then he noticed a second train that his mother had purchased for a boy down the street whose family was struggling. Although it was only a wind-up train, it had an oil tanker car, which little Tommy wanted for his own. "If you need it more than Mark, you take it," his mother said.
Soon after, Tommy accompanied his mother to deliver the gift to young Mark. Mark was thrilled with the new train and, of course, didn't notice the missing car. But Tommy did. What happened next will bring the spirit of Christmas into every heart and home.
Illustrated by renowned artist Dan Burr, The Christmas Train is a tender true story of how a great man and leader first learned the difference between getting and giving.
5 out of 5 stars. Even as a young boy, President Monson was an example. This sweet story shows the amazing person that he is, how much he loved his mother and how important her approval was to him. Also, Dan Burr's illustrations perfectly expressed the story.
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