Tumbleweed Christmas

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Scotty is looking forward to spending Christmas with his grandparents and is disappointed when his mother's car breaks down in the desert. Forced to spend the holiday at the Dry Bean Motel, Scotty pokes through a box of old Christmas cards and decorations that belong to Jasper, the owner. When he comes across thank-you notes from people Jasper has helped over the years, Scotty decides to use his ingenuity to give Jasper and the Dry Bean the look of Christmas. Full color. ...
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Overview

Scotty is looking forward to spending Christmas with his grandparents and is disappointed when his mother's car breaks down in the desert. Forced to spend the holiday at the Dry Bean Motel, Scotty pokes through a box of old Christmas cards and decorations that belong to Jasper, the owner. When he comes across thank-you notes from people Jasper has helped over the years, Scotty decides to use his ingenuity to give Jasper and the Dry Bean the look of Christmas. Full color.

Scotty hopes for a merry Christmas, but when he and his mother are stranded while on a long drive through the desert, those hopes are nearly ruined.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Car trouble puts a definite crimp in the Christmas Eve travel plans of Scotty and his mother. When the two are stranded on a desert road and then towed to the rickety Dry Bean Motel, Scotty's dreams of the turkey dinner and brightly decorated tree at his grandparents' start to fade fast. But the generosity of a mechanic named Jasper helps Scotty put his Christmas detour in perspective. Ferguson's delivery, fortunately, is less formulaic than her plotting. Cacti, sagebrush and a red sunset suggest the hot and dusty atmosphere. Ages 4-7. Oct.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Scotty and his mother are heading to his grandparent's for the Christmas holidays. As they head across the desert, their car breaks down and they are rescued by Jasper, owner of the Dry Bean Hotel. Scotty isn't too happy, but when he goes through Jasper's box of Christmas stuff, he finds cards and letters from people he helped over the years. Looking out the window, Scotty gets an idea. He takes a piece of sagebrush and creates a Christmas tree. The oil paintings rich in texture show the vast emptiness of the desert, the red adobe Dry Bean Motel and the orange sky and sand as the sun sets. As Scotty and his mother drive away in their repaired car, he looks at the star shinning in the sky and closing scene further emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas.
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From Ferguson (Poison, 1994, etc.), the story of Scotty and his mother, who are driving across the desert to their Christmas destination when their car breaks down. Jasper, a kindly and unrelentingly folksy motel owner and mechanic rescues them, but Scotty fears they will miss Christmas. Jasper's place has no decorations or holiday fixings. As the boy comes to appreciate Jasper's generosity, he constructs a Christmas "tree" from a tumbleweed and decorates it. The well-worn plot device of scraggly "tree" becoming beautiful gets a boost of originality by the desert setting, and the boy's disappointment and his later ingenuity seem real. However, the rough illustrations suffer from skewed perspectives that aren't part of the style of painting as much as they are just plain crooked. People fare badly; desert scenes are better. A nice touch at the end comes when another stranded couple appears on the horizon, walking beneath a bright star with their baby, a soft-pedaled reminder of the first Christmas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689804656
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/17/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD480L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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