The Christmas Train: A True Story

The Christmas Train: A True Story




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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609071820
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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.

Read an Excerpt

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.

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