Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Christmas Train - A True Story by Thomas S. Monson

The Christmas Train - A True Story

Author: Thomas S. Monson

Illustrated: Dan Burr

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Published: October 9th, 2012

ISBN13: 9781609071820

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.

My Review

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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  1. I love President Monson's stories! This would be a great book for my kids.

  2. He's such a wonderful storyteller. His are the talks that I carry with me for days after.

  3. I love his stories & would love to share this with my kids!

  4. I love to listen to stories told by President Monson! He is such a wonderful man :)

  5. I have lots of President Monson's books. They are full of wonderful stories. This book would be a welcome addition to my collection.

  6. Always love more Christmas books!

  7. I get a new Christmas book every year for my kids. This one is what I'll get this year. Hope I win it though. :)

  8. Oh and I think there should be a BFF entry just for me. ;)

  9. Would love to add this to our family's library:) Thanks for your review:)

  10. your little h is my favorite child out of 1200 that go to our school!

  11. This would be great for my kids. We are train lovers, so I am sure the story will stick.