Using his special charms and gifts of persuasion, Todd encourages his whole community to help in the "adopt a dog for Christmas program" and, more importantly, teaches his family the true meaning of goodwill.
©2008 Greg Kincaid; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
A very sweet story, which was a joy to listen to
I loved the father, he was wise and commical.
I loved the fact that I couldn't stop listening - whether it was at WalMart buying groceries or just resting on the couch.
My favorite character is the son though I can't remember his name.
I will be listening to this one again. Wonderful story about family and healing. Loved the characters and the first person telling of the story. The narrator was perfect for this one. Wonderfully surprised and ended with a heartfelt feel good spirit.
Todd was as loving and compassionate as we wish the whole world could be.
Mark Bramhall's narration was spot on. He understood the story at the heart level.
Todd's Mom and Dad were faced with some difficult challenges, yet overcame them and allowed their love for one another to heal the wounds. My wife and I can understand their love as expressed through their son and the dog named Christmas.
As dog owners, we get it.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
Looking for a few good Christmas stories and I came across this one. It will not be a future classic, but it is a nice message with a positive ending. There is hope for the future if parents will follow this parent's lesson for his son. Very nice.
I'm a dedicated reader/listener. My tastes are very eclectic, and there's not much I don't like except horror and dull history.
Yes, absolutely. It is important to hear the nuances of voice when dealing with dogs.
Maggie, of course, but Scott was very well developed. I have a rescued, emotionally damaged dog who has strange reactions and actions, so I really appreciated Maggie's viewpoint.
Excellent narration and voice distinction.
This book was an unexpected pleasure, a gift to myself during the Christmas season.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
A farmer's sad experiences with dogs that goes all the way back to his childhood and follows him to the war in Vietnam, and has haunted him for more than 40 years . . . well, it is evidence that a child still lives inside us all. This story, so different than all the other Christmas stories that I've listened to and loved, is all about the relationship between a man and his "slow" son. Maybe his boy is mentally retarded or autistic, it really doesn't matter. He is his son, and he wants him to learn to live in a "grown up" world. As he goes about trying to teach him responsibility and how to keep his word, he is surprised to discover that we are never too old to learn or to heal.
I really enjoyed this cute story. The narration was good and the constant focus on adopting a dog sends a positive message. It isn't often that books that deal with adopting from shelters are happy books, but this one was uplifting. Very good!!!!
I love reading books about dogs as long as it's a happy ending.
This is a sweet book. But as a seasoned dog rescue volunteer, there were parts in this book that drove me bonkers.
The attitude of a dog owner that dogs are free to come and go and choose whom to live with. They called this type of dog "A walk in". These dogs walk into your life and just as easily walk out of your life. Well, duh, if you don't ensure the fence is high enough and secure enough, yes a dog will wander. Not all dogs are velcro dogs. It is our responsibility to keep them safe.
The story is about taking a shelter dog home for the Christmas holiday and then returning afterward, if you haven't fell in love. Good ole' Dad was following the rules and insisting on bringing the dog back after Christmas, because that was the deal. Well, duh! Shelter dogs need homes. He didn't realize he could adopt the dog? Grrrr! Little things like that was the reason for only 3 stars.
But overall, the book kept my interest. The love of family and community was like "Mayberry". I wanted to give the special needs boy, Todd a hug. This is a feel good book, with an educational story about all the dogs in need of homes and what we all can do to help.
My family listened to it during over Christmas break, we were doing a puzzle while it was playing. The whole family enjoyed it, my mom especially thought it was a wonderful story.
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