The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

by Nancy Tillman


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Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love.

Once again, this New York Times-bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year. (And readers will want to look for the Spirit of Christmas image that Nancy Tillman has hidden on every page!)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312549657
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 67,345
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book On the Night You Were Born and its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby's First Year. Her other books include Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You and Tumford the Terrible. A former advertising executive, Tillman now writes and illustrates full-time. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon.

Read an Excerpt

I had just nodded off,
at a quarter past four,
when the Spirit of Christmas
stepped in through my door.

With a great show of sparkles,
he decked all my halls in tinsel and
twinkles and bright, shining balls...

I was really quite fond
of the trimmings he'd brought.
"But there's just something missing
this Christmas," I thought.

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The Spirit of Christmas 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Rabid-Reader-NJ More than 1 year ago
I picked this up because the front cover was so pretty and I was looking for a book that would help me explain Christmas to my 2 year old daughter. The story doesn't really get in to Santa or the Nativity, I bought other books for that, but talked more about the feelings you have at Christmas and the importance of being with loved ones. As I read it to my 2 year old, I realized that I could have just as easily read it to my 29 year old daughter who no longer lives at home. Out of the many books I bought about Christmas this one is my favorite, it is a beautiful book.
TxAgMom More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift for Christmas, and immediately ordered some for gifts. It is a truly heartwarming story that will bring tears to the eyes of a mother. The illustrations and beautiful and it is fun to share with your loved ones
Maya84 More than 1 year ago
This book is another blessing from the immensely talented Ms. Tillman. It makes a great gift, with its rich delicious colors, characters and a story that brings warmth to the soul on even the coldest night. Despite the whimsical charm of a classic children's picture book, this one is for the whole family. In an age of iPods and Wii's, this book offers a chance to get back to the basics of what the holidays are all about.
pacollins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As the story unfolds its message of the love being the most important gift of Christmas, readers will enjoy spotting more tangible symbols such as a toy soldier, a frozen tree decorated with peppermints, and the cast of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nancy Tillmans' books always bring a tear to my eye. I buy them for shower gifts and then send them to my grown children to pass on.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
The Spirit of Christmas was another Kohl's Cares find. I'll try not to gush, but I do love the Kohl's Cares program. This book came with an adorable plush lion, which represents the most striking illustration in this book. All of the artwork is truly beautiful, but the double pages containing the lion, lamb and dove and arresting in their simplicity and beauty. The words for the book again came from a song, so they again read like a poem. The words are fine, and at time quite good; however this book with a lesser artist would not have worked nearly as well.
SantaC More than 1 year ago
The text was like a modern "Night Before Christmas" poem, and the illustrations were colorful, but it just didn't ring the bells for me. Kind of squeaked of political correctness. Seemed a little distant and impersonal.
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MyGranny More than 1 year ago
Nancy Tillman has produced another winner. This book tugs at the heart strings because it says"I will love you forever".
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eriereader More than 1 year ago
The Spirit of Christmas is a beautifully written tribute to the real meaning of Christmas. I picked it up in the store and was so taken with the story and the illustrations that I decided to purchase a copy for each of the three children for whom I was buying holiday gifts. I am certain that they will want to read it or have it read to them over and over again!
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