Perfect Christmas: A Carol of Calm in the Midst of the Mess

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Set in a time of economic difficulty—not unlike our own—this is a delightful, charming, and heartening story filled with reminiscence and living truth.

For a family that cannot indulge every gift wish, the joy of what Christmas brings to each of them is more precious than they could have ever expected. Together they learn that every Christmas is a perfect Christmas—not because of what it brings, but because of who it celebrates.

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Overview

Set in a time of economic difficulty—not unlike our own—this is a delightful, charming, and heartening story filled with reminiscence and living truth.

For a family that cannot indulge every gift wish, the joy of what Christmas brings to each of them is more precious than they could have ever expected. Together they learn that every Christmas is a perfect Christmas—not because of what it brings, but because of who it celebrates.

Warmly illustrated in the style of Norman Rockwell or Currier and Ives, Perfect Christmas offers a message of love and joy as cozy and endearing as our warmest Christmas memories, while creating a new tradition that young readers will cherish for all their Christmases to come.

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Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
“The tree is finally standing, but it’s leaning to the right,” begins this amusing Christmas story from the husband-and-wife Bower team in which nothing is perfect, yet everything is just right. Gary Bower offers playful rhyming verse (“It’s time to gather everyone/ and sing of Christmas joys./ The music we call ‘caroling’/ the neighbors might call ‘noise’ ”), while Jan Bower’s illustrations brim with rich blues and reds, with subtle plays of light across her characters’ faces. Eyes shine and faces express amusement and glee (meanwhile, dad hurts his back shoveling snow, and the gingerbread house collapses). Rockwellian scenes of family life provide details galore to accompany the text and mirror the resilience with which the characters weather the mini-messes. Ages 5–up. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825443329
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 981,260
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Bower fell in love with picture books at an early age, sitting in the lap of a mother who understood the wisdom of investing reading time in her child's life As a youngster he entertained himself for hours by writing his own comic strips, comic books, jokes, poems, and skits As an adult, his years of professional and volunteer experience ministering to small children and teens, combined with thousands of story nights with his own children, have helped him develop his skills with the written word and polish his storytelling craft.

Self-taught and passionate about her art, Jan Bower developed her skills and techniques through years of personal study, trial-and-error, and practice. Over the last thirty-plus years, Jan has painted hundreds of commissioned portraits, although illustrating—both for her husband's books and for others--now consumes much of her time and artistic focus.

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