The Christmas Train

by Thomas S. Monson, Dan Burr

The Christmas Train
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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.

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  • SKU: 5082140


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based upon 8 reviews
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Sweet TRUE Story
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

New Christmas Favorite
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

About the Authors

Thomas S. Monson

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.

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Dan Burr

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.

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