An eight-year-old boy narrates this first-person story in lockstep rhyme about his family's cross-country travels to celebrate Christmas with far-flung relatives and friends. They start in California and zigzag back and forth across the United States for 17 Christmas celebrations with grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends, before returning to their own home in Kentucky in January. The text has a strong Evangelical Christian slant, with many references to Jesus and the Nativity story as well as praying "that Christ's love spreads to all of the nations!" Bright illustrations in deep hues depict the crowd of relatives and the family's trusty station wagon buzzing along from state to state (with little sense of fuel economy, greenhouse-gas emissions or geographic logic). Endpaper maps show smiling relatives standing in their appropriate locations, though the states are not identified. (Picture book. 5-9)
17 Christmasesby Dandi Daley Mackall
I thank God for Jesus and family galore, For seventeen Christmases—never a chore. Christmas is full of adventure when the family decides to go on a holiday road trip. They start in California and travel to North Carolina and then to Colorado. And that’s only the beginning! New sights and ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus abound. All this plus the
I thank God for Jesus and family galore, For seventeen Christmases—never a chore. Christmas is full of adventure when the family decides to go on a holiday road trip. They start in California and travel to North Carolina and then to Colorado. And that’s only the beginning! New sights and ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus abound. All this plus the special visits with family and friends turn the holidays into seventeen wonderful Christmases.
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By Dandi Daley Mackall
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Chapter OneSeventeen Christmases all in a row! Get packing! Get cracking! Get ready to go!
With all kinds of kinfolk we really must see, We're wrapping And mapping And ready to flee!
But it's weeks before Christmas ... at least two or three.
We reach Colorado to see Uncle Zeke, Who lives in a cabin on top of Pikes Peak. We build us a snowman-it looks like Aunt Jo- Then fall to the ground and make angels of snow. Three Christmases down, and just fourteen to go!
Now we're off to my aunt's ranch in ...
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Dandi Daley Mackall loves God, children, words, and animals. Her nearly 500 books for children and grown-ups have sold more than four million copies worldwide. She won the ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children’s Book 2015 and multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Children’s Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children’s Literature. Her novel My Boyfriends’ Dogs is now a Hallmark Movie. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her family, including horses, dogs, cats, and an occasional squirrel, deer, or raccoon.
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