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The Weed That Woke Christmas: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Weed

The Weed That Woke Christmas: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Weed

The Weed That Woke Christmas: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Weed

The Weed That Woke Christmas: The Mostly True Tale of the Toledo Christmas Weed


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"A heartwarming holiday tale that proves even the littlest things can make a big difference."--Kirkus Reviews

"The fine message about holiday spirit makes for a perfect read for parents seeking stories that encourage kids to feel empowered to begin changes that cross age and economic barriers. The Weed That Woke Christmas is a lovely, positive, much-needed story for modern times."--D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

This heartwarming and inspiring book proves that even the smallest gestures can make a big difference and transform apathy and oblivion into awareness, unity, community, kindness, and hope. Partly truth and partly fiction, it is based on the moving true story of how a weed on a Toledo street corner helped spread the giving spirit far beyond its traffic island home. All Weed wants is to be seen, but people are in too much of a hurry to notice each other, let alone Weed. Weed watches, wishes, and waits until finally someone does see it. But Weed discovers that there is something far bigger and more important than a little weed being noticed.

"This sweet story is accompanied by lush illustrations by Gortman, who portrays Toledo's citizens as diverse. The author manages to convey the importance of charity and community without making the tale mawkish or trite. She closes the text with the real story of the Christmas Weed and the hope that the holiday magic will continue."--Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN-13: 9780981493817
Publisher: Clear Fork Media Group LLC
Publication date: 10/01/2020
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Alayne Kay Christian is the acquisitions editor for Blue Whale Press and an award-winning children's book author. Her published works include the award-winning Sienna, the Cowgirl Fairy chapter book series, the award-winning picture book Butterfly Kisses for Grandma and Grandpa, and An Old Man and His Penguin: How Dindim Made João Pereira de Souza an Honorary Penguin. Her fourth picture book, Faith Beneath the Bridge, will be brought into the world in 2021. Born in the Rockies, raised in Chicago, and now a true-blue Texan, Alayne's writing shares her creative spirit and the kinship to nature and humanity that reside within her heart. You can learn more about Alayne by going to

Polina Gortman is a children's book illustrator living and working just outside of Seattle, Washington. She was raised on the banks of the Yenisey river in Siberia by her grandmother where she spent her childhood exploring taiga, feeding burdock leaves to cows, and making up stories about precarious adventures of toys lost in a vegetable garden. Now Polina balances her days between playing with art supplies in her studio, sketching outdoors and devouring books. You can see more of her fabulous illustrations in Randall and Randall by Nadine Poper, which was awarded the Kirkus Reviews blue star and named one of the top 100 books in 2019. To learn more about Polina visit

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