Gold Medal Mom's Choice Award
The Christmas Train: A True Storyby Thomas S. Monson, Dan Burr (Illustrator)
As a boy, Thomas S. Monson yearned for an electric train. To his delight, on Christmas morning he got exactly that-a train that operated through the miracle of electricity. Then he noticed a second train that his mother had purchased for the boy down the street whose family was struggling. Although it was only a wind-up train, it had a beautiful oil tanker car,
As a boy, Thomas S. Monson yearned for an electric train. To his delight, on Christmas morning he got exactly that-a train that operated through the miracle of electricity. Then he noticed a second train that his mother had purchased for the boy down the street whose family was struggling. Although it was only a wind-up train, it had a beautiful oil tanker car, which little Tommy wanted for his own.
Soon after, Tommy's mother invited him to accompany her to the neighbor's home to deliver the gift. Young Mark was thrilled with his new train and, of course, didn't notice the missing train car. However, a remorseful Tommy did. What happened next will bring the spirit of Christmas into every heart and home. Illustrated by renowned artist Dan Burr, The Christmas Train is sure to be a classic Christmas story and a beautiful addition to every Christmas library.
Gold Medal Mom's Choice Award
Utah Book Award Nominee
- Shadow Mountain Publishing
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- 9.30(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.60(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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I knew the question was coming, just like it came every year. My mother asked, "Tommy, have you thought about what you want for Christmas?"
I yearned as only a boy could yearn for a train. Not a common windup model train that was affordable; rather, I wanted one that operated through the miracle of electricity.
Meet the Author
Thomas S. Monson is the sixteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His ministry has been characterized by his compassion for the needs of individuals and his gift for one-on-one service. Following his service in the U.S. Navy near the close of World War II, he graduated cum laude from the University of Utah and earned an MBA from Brigham Young University. He and his wife, Frances Beverly Johnson, are the parents of two sons and one daughter.
Dan Burr, an award-winning illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master's degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children and live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan has illustrated many children's books, including The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, and The Mansion.
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This book book was given to me last Christmas by my beloved wife. It along with the Christmas ornament that goes with it, brought instant tears to my eyes. This is indeed a wonderful story. A classic true Christmas story. I read the book to my dear grandchildren who wanted me to read it to them over and over. This book will be treasured by me and my family for a life time. Thank you for helping bring it to us!
The Christmas Train: A True Story is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.