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Penny Paisley and her family have a special Christmas tradition. All year long they collect their loose change and drop it in a glass jar on the kitchen counter. Then, each December, Penny and her family make their most exciting decision of the year: Who will receive the Paisley Family Christmas Jar? This yea, Penny gets to choose what to do with the jar, and she has something special in mind.
“Instead of just giving our jar to only one person or one family, what if we gave it to the entire neighborhood?” said Penny. “We could use the Christmas Jar money to have the biggest and best party anyone has ever been to. No one will ever forget it!”
To earn money for the Christmas Jar, Penny sets up a hot chocolate stand in front of her house. Mr. Charlie, the kind elderly man across the street, is her best customer. He even helps her make invitations for the party. But when Mr. Charlie becomes ill, Penny sets a new plan in motion and gets the whole neighborhood involved. Yes, this will be a Christmas and a party that no one will ever forget!
About the Authors
Jason Wright is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USAToday bestselling author. Articles by Jason have appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the United States and writes a weekly column for The Deseret News and Mormon Times.
He is the author of seven books with over one million books sold. His most recent novel, The Seventeen Second Miracle, was released nationally in September of 2010.
Jason is from Charlottesville, Va., but has also lived in Germany, Illinois, Brazil, Oregon and Utah. In 2007, Jason fell in love with Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley while researching the area for his second book, The Wednesday Letters, and with the enthusiastic blessing of his wife, Kodi, he relocated their family to the historic town of Woodstock. A sign on their door reads, “Friends welcome. Family by appointment only.”
Ben Sowards – Formally trained at Brigham Young University, Ben Sowards loves the preparation, research, and travel necessary to create images worthy of the individuals and themes he strives to represent.
When he is not working on his own projects, he is teaching others how to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where he has directed the Illustration Program since 2001. Ben is grateful for the encouragement and support of his family and friends along with the generosity of fellow artists that continue to teach and inspire him.
Being a father is his greatest challenge and he continues to learn the most important lessons in life as he and his wife, Connie, strive to instill in their six children the values they cherish.
Perfect Read-Aloud Christmas Story
by DeAnn - reviewed on October 07, 2009
This will be one to add to your Christmas Storybook collection. It's a sweet story of love with beautiful illustrations.
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