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.
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.
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.
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.