Christmas with Tucker

Christmas with Tucker

by Greg Kincaid
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Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid

The touching prequel to the bestselling novel A Dog Named Christmas
The sleeper hit of 2008, A Dog Named Christmas became a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie a year later, seen by more than twelve million people in the United States alone. Now, in Christmas with Tucker, Greg Kincaid brings back one of that book’s most endearing characters, sharing the moving story of George, a young boy dealing with the loss of his father, and the dog that comes into his life to offer him hope and a touch of courage.

It is the winter of 1962, and Kansas is hit with one of the worst blizzards in its history. It is during this cruel season that twelve-year-old George is called upon to endure more than even most grown men could withstand—the death of his father and the upkeep of the family farm that is his legacy.

When his mother and sisters leave for Minnesota, George has only his grandparents and the companionship of Tucker, an Irish setter, to help him persevere through these most difficult challenges. Can he find the strength to walk the road that leads to healing, finding his true self and ultimately becoming a man? A coming-of-age story for readers of all ages, Christmas with Tucker is a classic Christmas story about a young man’s love for his dog, his family, and his farm.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307589644
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Series: A Dog Named Christmas
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

GREG KINCAID lives on a farm in eastern Kansas with his wife, two cats, and two dogs, including Rudy, adopted from a local shelter. When not writing, he is a practicing lawyer and pet-adoption advocate.

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Christmas with Tucker 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This prequel to A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS is a must read for all dog lovers, and dog rescuers. In this story we learn about George and a life affirming season that he spent with his grandparents and an 'borrowed' dog named, Tucker. This coming of age story takes place in 1962, when George was 13, and his father had just recently been killed in a farming accident. It was also a winter of one of the largest snow storms, followed by an ice storm in Kansas' history. George took on many adult rolls to keep the milk cows going when electricity and phone service went down---hand milking and watering the cows became a huge deal. Not only that, George's grandfather was the sole person responsible for clearing the county's roads of snow and ice. George became a truly necessary worker, with some creative ideas of his own. Through all these events, Tucker played an important roll for George in his learning trials and encouraging successes. This book is a terrific read for dog lovers,family lovers, and everyone who has learned that it is the trials of our lives that teach us the most in life, and our faithful animal friends are often amongst are greatest treasures!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book over the holidays. It was a truly heart warming story. Once started I could not put it down. Recommend this without any hesitation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read on the holidays. I haven't finished it yet, and so far there is no rising action or exiting parts. I have started to think of putting the book down, but i should proboly give it a chance, just in case. If you dislike, or like, this book you should get "A Simple Christmas Wish". Hit yes if this was helpful. Sincerely, Axolotl lover579
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
My two favorite Christmas books ever are both by Greg Kincaid: "A Dog Named Christmas" and "Christmas with Tucker". I could recommend these to any friend, family member, etc. I love both these books dearly and will probably re-read them every few Decembers. "Christmas with Tucker" takes us back to young George McCray's childhood, back to when he was learning to love a special dog when the rest of his life just wasn't going right. (This book is a prequel to "A Dog Named Christmas", though I recommend reading it before "Christmas with Tucker" so that you will know the story of George and his son Todd first.) To be simply said... it's a quaint out-in-the-country, down-home, family story that warms your heart -- even though the story contains mounds and mountains of snow, ice, and sleet. It's the perfect book for the cold December nights leading up to Christmas. Any dog lover would greatly enjoy these books from Greg Kincaid. My only wish is that the story didn't stop here. I can only hope the author has plans for new books.
gdCD More than 1 year ago
Excellent reading, esp if you have ever loved a dog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story! get ready to have ur heartstrings tugged at.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read. Loved this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read for a winters night.
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VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
"Christmas with Tucker" is a cute story, and a nice read during the holidays. At only 158 pages it is a fast read and easy to fit in between the Christmas preparations. This is a warm, fuzzy book that will bring a smile to your face.
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Chicagokat1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. There was so much put on George's shoulders, and he handled it so well! It is a very heartwarming story by an author that I thoroughly enjoy. You won't be disappointed, unless you are a Scrooge!
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TGIFMH More than 1 year ago
The book was okay. If you were an 6th grader. But I like happy endings too.
hunt4ty More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book !! You felt like you were there in Kansas through all the problems !! Tucker is an AWESOME dog !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend. A truly heartwarming book. 100% worth reading.
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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Christmas to Tucker is the prequel to A Dog Named Christmas and very strongly continues in the simple, heartwarming, family values kind of vein. The setting is a rural farming community in 1960s Kansas during one of the worst winter snow and ice storms in history. The McCray family is struggling with the holiday season already having recently lost John, son to Bo and Cora and father to George. The McCrays have a large dairy farm to keep running in addition to being the county road maintainers. As the work and stress pile up young George has to figure out how to navigate without his father to guide him. When a neighbor gets hauled off to jail his dog, Tucker, comes to live with the McCrays and helps George in all sorts of ways. This is a lovely look at how hard work, respect, and lots of love can show a troubled kid how to stay on the right path. The book is full of big hearted characters, tough decisions, and a loyal dog. It will definitely leave you feeling like the world is a better place. The story isn't tricky or surprising, but sometimes a feel good story is all you need. I listened to this book on audio and, like A Dog Named Christmas, it is narrated by Mark Bramhall. He has the most beautiful, deep voice, perfect for this kind of story. I really enjoyed listening to this book!
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CBH More than 1 year ago
In the 1960's the owner of an Irish Setter named Tucker, Frank Thorne, lived in a cabin that was a mess and Frank probably didn't care how anything appeared since he loved his booze so much that his mind wasn't on the right issues in his life. As a result, Tucker suffered living outdoors and was neglected far too much; not because Frank didn't like him but there were much more important issues in life such as drinking ones self into oblivion! Clean up the house? Not necessary. On a nearby Kansas farm lived the McCray's, Grandma Cora and Grandpa Bo. They had a dairy farm where they had to milk the dairy cows twice daily no matter the weather or personal needs. The cows paid for the farm so they came first. Grandpa Bo also was the road maintainer for the area. We know that vehicle as a snowplow but in those days there was no government to operate such vehicles so individuals were placed in a position to do that much important chore in all kinds of weather, mostly during the winter. Their grandson, George McCray, was staying at their farm. George's father had died and he got away to the farm while his mother moved to Minnesota to get a new life started for her family. George was to stay at the farm to help out until Christmas when his mother would come for the holiday and then take George back home. George had mixed feelings seeing the massive work his aging grandparents performed daily. The attachment between George and Tucker grew and Frank Thorne realized that maybe George could take Tucker for walks once in a while saving him that time of care for his pet. George loved this but was very sad when he had to take Tucker back and tie him up again. A terrible snowstorm kicked its nasty effects on the area very early this year. Grandpa Bo got the maintainer going and worked on the roads, sometimes around the clock. Eventually his health suffered and he pushed so hard that he got worse. George, while only thirteen decided he could try to run the maintainer for his grandpa. Bo, despite his sickness, did not want George to try this but eventually when Bo couldn't move, George took over and after a very difficult self-learning process cleared the roads and helped grandma milk the cows. There is no need to go any farther into this great human story. I think I have piqued your interest and you will want to read this story that will give you tears and chills and a warm heart. I did not read the authors book, "A Dog Named Christmas" but I did see the television movie that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. Tucker and the human participants in this book pick up in the same mode of human interest and love.
A_J_Hawke More than 1 year ago
This is a simple but elegant story that grips you from the get-go. George, an ordinary young teenager, dealing with extraordinary life events will endear himself to you as you read his story. An Irish setter named Tucker, along with his grandparents and the family farm, aids George's journey of surviving and growing up on a farm in the 1960s. When I finished reading Christmas with Tucker, I had a warm glow of contentment and a sense of satisfaction that the world was a better place. Then I began to make a list of friends and relatives who appreciate the finer things in life and with Christmas just around the corner, needing a gift. This is also a perfect choice for families that enjoy reading aloud together.