The Littlest Cowboy's Christmas

The Littlest Cowboy's Christmas

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by Michael Chandler, Terry Jacobsen
     
 

At a ranch near Aspen, Colorado, author Michael Chandler and his four-year-old son are invited to a Christmas Eve party at a neighbor's. The party is not ordinary--this one is for Lefty, an appaloosa stud. At the party are Lefty's owner, Joe, the author and his son, and the famous singer/songwriter John Denver and his young son. Together they share a heartwarming

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At a ranch near Aspen, Colorado, author Michael Chandler and his four-year-old son are invited to a Christmas Eve party at a neighbor's. The party is not ordinary--this one is for Lefty, an appaloosa stud. At the party are Lefty's owner, Joe, the author and his son, and the famous singer/songwriter John Denver and his young son. Together they share a heartwarming night celebrating music, life, love, and the joy of Christmas.

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Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
The lush illustrations of this Christmas Eve memory set the right tone with their easy approach to the scenery, "just outside of Aspen, CO." The author and his son, Preston, greatly enjoy snowplowing—especially in places that really do not need to be plowed—just for the joy of being together outside in the snow. One day they plow down an old snow-choked road to discover that a remote cabin is now occupied by a "fellow" who is doing some writing: "songs, and books. And cowboy poetry." Joe Henry's brilliant smile is a true reflection of his delight that Preston and his dad are out plowing "just for the fun of it." Joe invites Preston and his dad to join him as he presents Lefty, his horse, with a special carrot and oat pie for a Christmas treat. He tells them that another "fellow and his son" will also be there. The working barn has been rearranged when everyone arrives: bales of hay have been dragged together to provide a place to sit and a Christmas tree has been put up near Lefty's stall. The other boy and his dad, carrying a guitar, arrive at the old barn. Introductions are short and the fellows settle down to sing seasonal songs together. As Lefty munches his wonderful pie, the only sounds are of his chewing and the low notes of "Silent Night" strummed on the guitar. The author goes on to describe his sense of "...true peace...boundless joy...utter humility...friendship...and the meaning of Christmas." No glittering trappings intrude on the moment, and the fellows are aware that they shared a deeply emotional experience. Later, Preston's inquiry as to the identity of the "guitar man" is answered by his father with "The guitar fella's name is John." The illustrator hascarefully configured the scenes with John in them so that we only see his back. But the last page has a lovingly limned portrait of John Denver—no surprise to those who noted the CD inclusion notice on the front cover, but a touching sight for those of us who did not. This book will inspire retrospection and reflection on one's own special Christmas Eve memories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589803817
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
840,288
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Chandler is the president of the Chandler Marketing Company. He has won forty-one Silver Microphone awards for outstanding advertising. His one-of-a-kind tactics and strategies have appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, as well as in American Banker and Independent Banker magazines. Mr. Chandler has lectured and presented seminars for over twenty-five years to universities, corporate retreats, and state and national banking conventions. He lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, with his wife and is an avid Old West stunt gunfighter.

Terry Jacobsen was born and raised in Minnesota and now lives in Arizona. Since 1996 he has been a member of the reenactment touring group the Old West Society of Minnesota.

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The Littlest Cowboy's Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think all of us yearn for a gentler time. Today¿s world seems so harsh, so fast, and so coarse. Years ago, when I spent Christmas Eve with John Denver, and the true story of The Littlest Cowboy¿s Christmas took place, I had proof that gentler times not only still exist, but exist in ways that literally restore the soul. I wrote this story to instill hope in the hearts of our children. Perhaps more importantly, to assure all adults that the goodness we long for in today¿s world is at our fingertips, stronger and more glorious than ever. When you read this story, and learn what happened that night, see if it doesn¿t bring chills to your heart. My warmest and most sincere regards, Michael Chandler.