The Littlest Cowboy's Christmas

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A never-before-told story about superstar John Denver

If we are lucky, in our lifetimes we experience one particularly special Christmas that becomes our fondest holiday memory.

For author Michael Chandler, it is the Christmas Eve he spent with his four-year-old son, Preston, just outside Aspen, Colorado. On this magical night, they shared laughter, conversation, and music with four new friends--an Appaloosa horse, the horse's owner, Joe, ...

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A never-before-told story about superstar John Denver

If we are lucky, in our lifetimes we experience one particularly special Christmas that becomes our fondest holiday memory.

For author Michael Chandler, it is the Christmas Eve he spent with his four-year-old son, Preston, just outside Aspen, Colorado. On this magical night, they shared laughter, conversation, and music with four new friends--an Appaloosa horse, the horse's owner, Joe, another young boy, and his father, a singer-songwriter. They sat in a candlelit barn and told stories, made toasts, and sang along as the "guitar fella" played Christmas carols. At one point, they all sat listening to his calm humming of "Silent Night."

When the evening was over, Preston asked his father who the man with the guitar was. The author, knowing it was the famous singer John Denver, simply said, "The guitar fella's name is John." As father and son walked home hand in hand under a starlit sky, the author realized that on that night, John Denver and his son "were just another couple of cowboys, sharing Christmas Eve with a few friends."

Filled with warm illustrations that capture the glow of this uniquely touching Christmas, The Littlest Cowboy's Christmas celebrates the transcendent and universal language of music and friendship. The book includes a CD of John Denver's recording of "Silent Night."

Michael Chandler is president of the Chandler Marketing Company. His first book, also published by Pelican, was Dreamweaving: The Secret to Overwhelming Your Business Competition. The father of two and an avid Old West stunt gunfighter, he resides in Carbondale, Colorado, with his wife.

Illustrator Terry Jacobsen was born in Billings, Montana, and raised near Minneapolis. A self-taught artist, he has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and draftsman and has been self-employed since 1980. The father of two grown daughters and a proud grandfather, he lives in Tombstone, Arizona.

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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: 1,460,349
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    A visit with the author of Littlest Cowboy's Christmas...

    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.

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