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Eight-year-old Robert discovers the true spirit of
the season while visiting the mall Santa on Christmas Eve…
By Cheryl C. Malandrinos
A CHRISTMAS KINDNESS, Children/First Chapter Reader, 4RV Publishing, 52 pp.
Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?
It is not often that a simple children’s book can nearly bring me to tears, but this one succeeded. There is nothing better than reading a story at Christmastime that reminds you that there are still good people and good kids in the world. This is one heartwarming Christmas story that you and your kids can read and enjoy. It will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and I believe that the author’s purpose is accomplished.
– Ruth, Amazon Reviewer
Robert can’t wait to see Santa. He’s got a pile of stuff he wants to ask for. Then he meets Glenn in line, and Robert himself gets to play Santa. I was touched by the main character’s transformation after he came in contact with someone in real need. The glow he walks away with can’t be bought, and he’ll never find it under the Christmas tree, but it’s the heart of the season that he’s found. Nicely illustrated, enjoyable story for readers of all ages.
– Jude, Amazon Reviewer
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“Oh, when will we get there?” whispered Robert from the backseat of his mother’s car. He fiddled with the pull on his coat. The wipers brushed aside the snow falling on the windshield.
As they arrived, lines of cars streamed in and out of the mall parking lot. Robert peered over his mother’s shoulder and saw her white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel. She huffed as she scanned the parking lot for an empty space. He wiggled around, but his seat belt kept him secure.
Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.
Robert’s shoulders drooped when he saw how many kids waited to see Santa. There were babies, some crying and struggling to get out of their mother’s arms. Little kids, many younger than eight-year-old Robert, clung to their father’s pants or jumped up and down as they waited their turn.
Children love Christmas stories and this book is no exception. The short story of Robert visiting Santa at the mall has a different twist. The author lets us see Robert’s excitement as he waits in line to see Santa. He can’t wait to tell him what he wants for Christmas. While waiting, he talks to a few other children. One little boy, named Glenn, is dressed poorly with holes in his sneakers. Robert finds out that Glenn only wants a picture of he and his brother with Santa for his Christmas wish.
Glenn tells him how his brother might not be alive next Christmas. And, he tells Robert that his mom doesn’t have enough money for the picture. Robert is next in line to see Santa. He walks up to Santa and whispers in his ear. Santa is happy and chuckles….ho, ho, ho!
Your child will love the end of this story. Afterwards, the book has discussion questions and lots of ideas for amazing Christmas-time ideas. What a meaningful book!
Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of four children’s books including, A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing. A member of SCBWI, she is blogger and book reviewer. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.