Favor Johnson lives on a small farm in the hills of Vermont. He keeps to himself, surrounded by dozens of animals, chickens, geese, and his one constant friend, a hound named Hercules. Then one Christmas Eve Hercules' life is saved by Favor's new neighbor, a doctor, and Favor's whole life as well as the life of everyone in his village is changed forever. This delightful story of Favor Johnson, Hercules, Doctor Jennings, and the mysterious house-to-house delivery of homemade fruit cakes on Christmas Eve is a heart-warming tale of neighborliness and generosity in a Vermont village at Christmas. It is also a tale of rescue, of good and bad cooking, of friendship, and of giving presents at Christmas. A modern, and classic, American Christmas folktale,Favor Johnsonhas been a favorite radio story for years and is published now for the first time, brought to life by the wonderful watercolor illustrations of Bert Dodson. This book is their second collaboration, the first beingJohn and Tom,published in 2001.
Willem Lange is a short-story writer, commentator and host on Vermont Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Television. He also has a weekly column inThe Valley News, the major newspaper in the NH/VT Upper Valley area. In addition to the Yuletide readings of his Christmas story,Favor Johnson, a staple on Public Radio for fifteen years, his annual readings of Charles Dickens'A Christmas Carol on stage, on Vermont Public Radio, and on Armed Forces Radio overseas have been popular since 1975. He lives with his wife in East Montpelier, Vermont.
Bert Dodson is the author and illustrator of the best-selling learn-to-draw classicKeys to Drawingas well as the illustrator of over 80 children's books including a previous one with Willem Lange. He has also co-writtenThe Way Life Workswith noted biologist Mahlon Hoagland. He lives in Bradford, Vermont.