Includes a QR code for a FREE download of President Monson's narration of the story!
Winner of the 2012 Gold Medal Mom's Choice Award!
In this children's picture book, President Thomas S. Monson recounts a Christmas memory from his childhood. As a boy, he 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.
- Size: 9 x 11
- Pages: 32
- Published: 10/2012
About the Authors
PRESIDENT THOMAS S. MONSON has served as the sixteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2008. He was called as an Apostle in 1963 at the age of thirty-six. After serving as second counselor to President Ezra Taft Benson and then President Howard W. Hunter, he served as first counselor to President Gordon B. Hinckley from 1995 to 2008.
Thomas Spencer Monson was born to G. Spencer and Gladys Condie Monson on August 21, 1927, in Salt Lake City. 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 had a distinguished career in the publishing industry.
He served as president of the Canadian Mission from 1959 to 1962 and was a member of several general Church committees before becoming an Apostle.
He married Frances Beverly Johnson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1948. They are the parents of two sons and one daughter. They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
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, The Mansion, and The Christmas Train.
A great story!
by Stephanie - reviewed on December 03, 2012
When Tommy was a boy he dearly wanted a train. Not just any kind of train, but an electric train that would chug independently around its little track. On Christmas morning Tommy was delighted to receive just that! His kindhearted mother had purchased a second train to give to Mark, another boy who lived down the street who's mother could not afford presents that year. Of course, Mark's train was just a small windup train but Tommy eyed a oil-tanker car jealously in Marks set. "If you need it more than Mark, you may take it..." his Mother had said. So he did.... Later, when Tommy accompanied his mother on the delivery of the wind-up train Tommy felt remorse over the missing oil tanker car. Of course, Mark didn't know there was a missing car, but Tommy did. What happens next will touch your heart and help even the littlest listeners & readers understand that Christmas is about much more that getting...it is about giving. Knowing that even our beloved prophet suffered jealousy and selfishness really allows us to view President Monson as a real person, not just any person...even a little boy. I adored this story and I am thrilled to add it as a new annual Christmas story during our advent season. My heart feels so soft and giving after reading this wonderful, true story about our prophet.
Trains and a Missionary Opportunity
by Justin - reviewed on November 14, 2013
This was always a favorite story of mine from the first time I heard it as a child. It has been fun to listen and reread this story to my little ones as we sit by our Christmas Tree and train. Great short story to read every night. I am a train collector, so it was easy to relate to this story. Unrelated to the story, but for the illustrations: MTH a manufacturer started reproducing old Lionel Tinplate. I wanted to have the old traditional look to display under our tree. I had narrowed my search to a couple of different ones (one being on the cover of this book). When I saw this train on the cover it was an easy decision. I purchased this book and immediately took it to the local train dealer, and shared this story with him. This set is No. 269E Distant Control Freight Set w/Proto-Sound 3.0 - Product Number: 11-5507-1 It was pretty fun to have this book in hand and relay the story to the dealer who we have become friends with over the years. The train-set was a cool coincidence.
New Christmas Favorite
by Erin - reviewed on January 02, 2013
Every year we add a few new books to our Christmas collection. This book was the favorite this year. It made it even more special being a true story about our dear prophet as a child. My kids loved this book, especially my 4 year old. I read this book many times this season. A story about giving, and the true meaning of Christmas. 5 stars.
Favorite Christmas Story
by Dave - reviewed on November 13, 2013
No matter how many times I hear this story, I never tire of it. That's a sign of a true classic. Thank you Deseret Book for finally putting this story in book form, complete with pictures. It sits on my nightstand and I read it every night (after scriptures and before prayer). Hearts are lifted, spirits are cheered, tears are shed, and I fall asleep. I wish every one of us had a little Tommy Monson on our street. Then, many years later, when he's a general authority and we're on the last legs of our lives in a rest home, we could be visited by him. We could then look up at him and say, "I know you. You're Tommy Monson. You used to steal my apples, throw rocks at my car, trample my petunias, and drown my cats." He would then share that story again, and again, and again. And then he could write a book about it (like this one) and make money off it while our tired bones turn to dust. I hope Excel Entertainment is considering making a movie of this book. It would be better than The Polar Express.
Great Christmas Tale
by linda - reviewed on December 18, 2012
I just bought the Ipad app version. I personally was touched by the story. Furthermore, the simple interactive features on this version would mean young children would come back to it time and again as I have several other such story books on my iPad but they are not faith-based. It's such a bonus to have it narrated by President Monson. I have already bought a second copy as a gift for a friend's family. Thank you.
Sweet TRUE Story
by Shauna - reviewed on November 26, 2012
This is such a sweet, true story! When President Monson was a little boy he was given an electric train set for Christmas... Along with that train his mother purchased a wind-up train set for a neighbor boy... When the young Tommy saw the one car in the wind-up set that he really wanted his mother allows him to keep it... Not to give the ending away...let's just say... President Monson learned a very valuable lesson on "service" and "reaching out to the one" during that Christmas season. An added bonus: With this book you get a CD with President Monson reading to you. Using an interactive iPad App -- President Monson will read the book to you AND you can make the tree light up, the train move and watch young Tommy run back to his house, etc.
Great for kids
by Customer - reviewed on November 30, 2012
This is a great book and app! I bought the book for some friends with the audio CD and bought the iPad app for myself. Who doesn't love Pres. Monson reading this story to their kids! It's a great story for Christmas and a great way for our family to come together and start a new tradition. Love this book!
by Emilee - reviewed on October 11, 2012
I absolutely love President Monson's stories especially those of his childhood. This picture book is a wonderful keepsake of one of Monson's precious stories. The illustrations by Dan Burr were amazing as well. He portrayed young Tommy, his mom and friend well. I did have a different ending in mind but Monson chose the right direction to go. He is a wonderful example of loyalty, honesty and friendship. This book will bring the spirit of Christmas into your heart and home. I definitely recommend this book for young or old.