The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book

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Overview

Adapted from the original bestselling novel, The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book is the story of a young boy who finds the true meaning of Christmas in the most unlikely of places. Eddie wants a bicycle for Christmas, but his mother knits him a homemade sweater instead. His disappointment is obvious, but a magical journey makes Eddie realize that the sweater is far more than it seems. Ultimately it teaches him that the true meaning of a gift is that it is given with love.

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Overview

Adapted from the original bestselling novel, The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book is the story of a young boy who finds the true meaning of Christmas in the most unlikely of places. Eddie wants a bicycle for Christmas, but his mother knits him a homemade sweater instead. His disappointment is obvious, but a magical journey makes Eddie realize that the sweater is far more than it seems. Ultimately it teaches him that the true meaning of a gift is that it is given with love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The radio and TV host's debut picture book repackages his adult novel of the same name into a short parable. Eddie wants a bike for Christmas, but his twinkly-eyed grandpa tells him that he doesn't see a bike in the boy's future, but rather a Christmas sweater. When a disappointed Eddie takes a dream journey to a snowy forest, he opens a package containing the sweater and is whisked into a procession of idyllic Christmastime moments with his mother, father and grandpa. In the morning, it's the sweater he's excited about, not the shiny bike. Dorman's warm, vintage-style digital illustrations complement Beck's unambiguous message. Ages 4–7. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Eddie looks forward to getting a new bicycle for Christmas. He sends his grandpa to scout out the possibility. Wise Grandpa prepares Eddie for the possibility of a sweater instead. He says, "See, when a gift is made by hand, all of that person's love is captured in it." In dreams, Eddie finds a sweater in the forest and while wearing it, sleds with his Dad, finishes a gingerbread house with his mother, and rides in a sleigh with Grandpa who looks like Santa Claus. Eddie realizes that the magic of love knitted into a sweater does outweigh the excitement of a new bicycle. On Christmas morning he sees the new bicycle but searches for something else. His mom hands him the present he is looking for. He opens the sweater, remembers his dream, and gives Mom a hug with love. This book was adapted by Chris Schoebinger from the adult novel by the popular radio and TV host. The colored illustrations capture the boy's world and his varied emotions. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
Library Journal

TV host Beck knits a holiday tale about a handmade sweater.


—Rebecca Vnuk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416995432
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 241,558
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.32 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is a twelve-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Conform, Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit GlennBeck.com and TheBlaze.com.

Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face and The Wizard, both by Jack Prelutsky; and The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck. He received a degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University—Idaho and lives in Puyallup, Washington, with his family.

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ON CHRISTMAS EVE, Eddie shook his snow globe one last time and placed it on the dresser beside his bed. He watched the snowstorm swirl and thought about the one gift he wanted most for Christmas—a new bicycle. As the final snowflakes drifted away, he heard a soft knock at his door.

Eddie turned and saw his grandfather tiptoeing into the room. He was wearing his favorite fluffy red hat—a hat that used to make Eddie think his grandfather was Santa Claus himself.

“What did you find, Grandpa? Am I getting the bike I want?” he asked.

Grandpa looked around to make sure they were alone. Then he whispered, “Well, I snooped around the house and I have good news and bad news. What do you want first?”

“Hmm.” Eddie frowned. “You’d better give me the bad news first.”

Grandpa cleared his throat. “The bad news is that I didn’t find a bike.”

Eddie’s heart sank. He knew that children don’t always get what they want for Christmas, but he’d tried to be extra good all year long. “Don’t I deserve a bike?” he thought to himself. Eddie’s head fell back onto his pillow. He looked up at the stars on his ceiling and mumbled, “So, what’s the good news?”

“Ah, yes.” Grandpa’s eyes lit up. “The good news is that you’re getting a Christmas sweater.”

“Huh?” Eddie sat up in disbelief. “A Christmas sweater? That’s the good news? A boring, useless, itchy sweater? I don’t want any sweater, but especially not a Christmas sweater!”

“Shhhhhh!” Grandpa hushed him. “Eddie, sometimes a sweater isn’t just a sweater. I still remember the year my mother knitted one for me. It brought me magic for years and years. Still does. See, when a gift is made by hand, all of that person’s love is captured in it. Once they give it to you, that love turns into Christmas magic… .”

Eddie’s thoughts began to drift away as his grandpa’s words became softer and softer.

When Eddie opened his eyes, his grandfather was gone. And so was his bedroom. He was in a beautiful forest sparkling with a fresh blanket of Christmas snow. Up ahead he saw a clearing where a single present sat alone. He walked over to it and read the gift tag.

To Eddie. What your heart needs most for Christmas.

Curious, Eddie opened the gift. Inside was a handmade Christmas sweater. Eddie was disappointed, but he was so cold that he decided to put it on. It was a perfect fit. Suddenly, the snow around him swirled in all directions, just as if he were inside his snow globe.

When the snow cleared, Eddie discovered that he was sledding with his father. They both laughed and hung on tight as the sled jumped off a small hill and soared through the sky.

“Are you having fun, Eddie?” his father asked.

Eddie looked down at his magical Christmas sweater. “This is the best day ever!” Then Eddie gave his dad a big hug and the snow started to swirl again.

When it settled, Eddie was sitting with his
mother at their kitchen table. They had just finished building a gingerbread house. “How did we do?” she asked.

Eddie licked some frosting from his fingers and said, “We’re a great team, Mom.” He thought about the Christmas sweater he was wearing. Could a simple sweater really have Christmas magic? Suddenly, the snow swirled again.

When it cleared, Eddie was sitting inside a sleigh with his grandpa.

“Eddie,” Grandpa asked, “want to take a ride?”

“Sure,” Eddie cheered. “Do I need anything?”

Grandpa hugged him tight and said, “You’ve got your Christmas sweater. Looks like you have everything you’ll ever need.”

Eddie eyed the candy canes in the sleigh. “Grab one,
Eddie!” With a twinkle in his eye, Grandpa called out to each reindeer by name and yelled, “Now dash away, dash away, dash away, all!”

The sleigh lurched forward and Eddie sat up in his bed. He’d dreamed the whole night away. It was Christmas morning and the smell of his mother’s pancakes filled the house. He jumped out of bed, scampered downstairs . . . and stopped dead in his tracks. Under the tree was the bike he’d waited for all year. But instead of running to it, Eddie slowly searched the room with his eyes.

“Eddie,” his mother asked. “Is something wrong?”

“Go ahead and pinch yourself, son,” his father said excitedly. “This isn’t a dream. Go jump on your new bike!”

Eddie shook his head. “The bike is great, but I was looking for something else.”

His family looked at one another with puzzled faces.

With all the sincerity in his heart, he explained, “I was really hoping to get a Christmas sweater. I mean, a bike is just a bike, but a Christmas sweater can be so much more.”

Eddie’s mom crouched down behind the tree and pulled out a single box. It looked familiar. “Is this what you’re searching for?” she asked. Eddie smiled from ear to ear.

He reached for the box, opened it, and eagerly pulled out his Christmas sweater. He stared at it and then put it on over his pajamas. It was a perfect fit. He felt true warmth for the first time in his life.

Eddie thought about his dream and about the message on the gift tag.

What your heart needs most for Christmas.

It gave him a magical idea.

He walked over to his mother and gave her the best present in the world—the one thing that her heart also needed the most. …

A big, warm hug from her son.

“Thank you, Mom,” he whispered.
“I love you.”

As Eddie’s father looked on proudly, Grandpa picked up a snow globe and gave it a gentle shake. As the flakes settled, he called out to Eddie and, with a familiar twinkle in his eye, slipped a single candy cane into his grandson’s pocket.

© 2009 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2009

    The Christmas Sweater

    This is a magnificent book to share with your family and specially your grandchildren. It is very emotional and I highly recommend it. Some postings in this site are quite unjustified in their comments and they should be ashamed. Glenn, you have great followers despite some of these lunatics that attack you.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    true meaning of christmas

    the christmas sweater is a very special book and during the holiday season so much is forgotten about what the christmas season is all about glen beck has done a very remarkable job writing this book to show everyone what this season is all about. this about a little boy who got a sweater from his mother who could not aford something finer and later the boy was able to experience the wonderous joy of christmas whean so much is forgotten about the holidays this book really brings the true season whean we seem to forget what its about. great gift idea for the holidays

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

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    Genuine Christmas Story

    This is a genuine "Christmas" book. We loved the novel and are so glad we can share Glenn's story with our kids. Dorman's pictures are spectacular and bring everything to life.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    Wonderful to share with the kids.....

    I have read this book to my kids several nights in a row, they love it! It's a wonderful story. Although in the end the boy gets what he wants, he realizes that getting what you wished for isn't everything he thought it would be.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    A Keepsake

    A definite keeper to read often for valuable inspiration.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Great for Children and Adults

    The message in this book is for everybody. My 6 year old nephew understood the message. It's a lesson we all could benefit from. A must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    Disappointed

    I was disappointed in this book. I've read the adult version which I really liked. I didn't feel the ground work was properly laid for the children's version. It wasn't explained that Eddie's father had died, and that he was living with his grandparents and why. When I read it to a child, he didn't understand why it was special for Eddie to be playing with his dad, etc. The reason for forgiveness and redemption just didn't come across.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Best book ever at christmastime!

    I love this book because a little boy starts off not knowing about why he is getting this chritmas sweater instead of a bike but in the middle he experences many things that at the end he really loves his special gift!:)

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Christmas

    It was a very nice story, I enjoyed it alot.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    Best Book Ever!

    Can we say that this is the best book ever!! We strongly recommend this.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    really nice book your family will love

    l read it with my grandma and it's about a boy who gets a sweater for christmas.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    cool book

    i lovee this boook it showes thee truue meeaning of chrristmas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2010

    great book

    this is anamzingbook it shows the true meaning of christmas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    The Christmas Sweater

    I bought this for my granddaughters, they loved it and so did I.

    Thanks to Glenn Beck for sharing and thanks for Barnes & Noble for
    choosing good books for our children as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

    A great story

    Whether you agree or disagree with Glen Beck's political views, I would strong recommend you purchase this book for you children. It is a great story illustrating that some of the greatest gifts are make with love and not purchased in a store. At a time when many people have less money to spend on material gifts, you can help teach your children about the other gift they receive.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    Wonderful!

    This book is a great book for children and adults. It reminds us all of what is most important in life (not just at Christmas). It is a good companion to the full version of the Christmas Sweater.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    What a book

    What a great book for Christmas. I read it to my grandkids and they loved it. The story and the illustrations were excellent. I would recommend this book to everyone. It could easily become another Christmas classic along with The Night Before Christmas.

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  • Posted December 22, 2009

    Beautiful Story

    This is a beautiful story to read to your little ones - I cannot imagine that any of the negative reviewers have actually read the book. It is a good lesson for children, whether you agree with Beck's politics or not. This is not a political story.

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    Posted December 6, 2009

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