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BOOK REVIEW: THE PAPER BAG CHRISTMAS
BY KEVIN ALAN MILNE

We hope you enjoy this book review by Nancy Eaton.



Thanksgiving dinner was now over and Aaron and his brother were informed by their father that it was time to go and see the “big man”. They assumed he meant their grandpa but he was taking them to see Santa Claus at the mall. The boys weren’t too keen on this idea because they wondered if there really was a Santa Claus why would he want to spend his time in rainy Oregon?

After waiting in a long line they finally got to meet Santa. This, however, was not your normal Santa Claus. The two brothers did not realize that their father had this meeting with Santa all set up. The Santa was really a man named Dr. Ringle who worked as a children’s oncologist.

Aaron and Molar become Dr. Ringle’s “elves” and made many friends with the children in the hospital including Katrina who is terminally ill with cancer and Madhu who needs a transplant.

It is time for the annual Christmas pageant and the children come up with many ideas including that of a fourth wise man. The reader will be surprised and caught in many emotions as the children present the annual pageant.

This is a small book in size but the message it sends is so big – this book points out the true meaning of Christmas. You will find yourself wrapped in emotions as you read this book – laughing at times and crying in several places. In fact, I had a difficult time trying to complete the last few pages because the tears blurred my vision. They were tears for a beautifully written story – one that should become a Christmas tradition for everyone to read each year and learn to remember and appreciate what this holiday is all about. The author has done a tremendous job with his characters. Each and every one of them played an important role in this magical story. Be sure to read The Paper Bag Christmas during this holiday season. This book will make you feel renewed and whatever problems you might be experiencing right now might not seem so unsolvable in the future. Who would ever think that a mere paper bag could represent so much meaning!

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON


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