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Can't Wait Till Christmas!
     

Can't Wait Till Christmas!

by Mike Huckabee, Jed Henry (Illustrator)
 

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A New York Times bestseller!

One of America's most prominent and personable politicians shares his mischievous side in a heartwarming story of a childhood Christmas.

Mike is desperate to get a football for Christmas. Then one day in the middle of December, a box that looks the exact right size appears under his family's Christmas tree. Mike just can't

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A New York Times bestseller!

One of America's most prominent and personable politicians shares his mischievous side in a heartwarming story of a childhood Christmas.

Mike is desperate to get a football for Christmas. Then one day in the middle of December, a box that looks the exact right size appears under his family's Christmas tree. Mike just can't handle the temptation! He convinces his sister Pat that they should open their gifts and play with them THIS INSTANT. And that's what they do.

But on Christmas morning, the muddy football gives them away. After talking about the real meaning of Christmas and how some things are worth waiting for, Mike and Pat learn the benefit of patience, making the following Christmas more delightful than ever.

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Publishers Weekly
The waiting is the hardest part of the holiday, at least for former presidential candidate Huckabee when he was a child. Weeks before Christmas, young Mike is so eager to know if one of the gifts under the tree is his much-desired football that he's about to burst. He hatches a plan, drawing his older sister into cahoots, to surreptitiously find out. But keeping the secret from Mom and Dad is harder still. Huckabee's lighthearted cautionary tale is buoyed by zippy digital illustrations that convey both its humor and warmth. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
The author is the former Governor of Arkansas and a runner-up in the GOP presidential 2008 primary. In the dedication Mike indicates that this is a story about him and his sister Pat and their impish scheme to find out what their Christmas gifts are before Christmas day. Mike desperately wanted to know if he got the football he wanted and Pat was curious as to whether she got a chemistry set. So he hatched a plan with his sister Pat. They would carefully unwrap the presents and play with them. Then Pat would carefully rewrap them and their parents would never know. All went well until Christmas morning actually came. They opened their gifts while their parents watched. Unfortunately the football had mud on it, and Pat's chemistry set had a dirty beaker. The joy of Christmas was shattered. Lesson learned: If you open your presents before Christmas the joy and surprise will not be there. Patience will be rewarded. Reviewer: Leila Toledo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399255397
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Mike Huckabee won eight states and more than four million votes during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. He served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and as lieutenant governor from 1993 to 1996. Before politics, he worked in broadcasting and advertising and spent twelve years as a pastor and denominational leader. He lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They have three grown children, three dogs, and at least that many friends!

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