Monday, December 17, 2012

Winter Haven Sleigh Tour ~ Week 3 A favorite Christmas Story & Giveaway

Today StuckInBooks is excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books.

This week, I am posting about one of my favorite Christmas stories. To see who else is on the sleigh, go to WinterHaven Sleigh Tour for a list of participating blogs .

When my kids were little, we had a tradition of reading Christmas stories every night for the month of December. We had a big collection of stories and I added to them whenever I found a good one. This one was a favorite that was read every year.

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This illustrated gift book for all ages tells the classic story of the "Christmas Oranges," in which a young orphan girl named Rose discovers the spirit of generosity that lies at the heart of the holiday. When Rose is eight years old, an epidemic forces the closing of her beloved Greenwoods Orphanage, and she is shipped to Irongates, an austere, loveless institution run with Dickensian cruelty. Headmaster Crampton punishes Rose severely for a tiny infraction, decreeing that she miss the special treat of an orange on Christmas morning. How the other children circumvent his instructions to safeguard a glorious Christmas for Rose is the sweet message of this story, which is beautifully illustrated by Ben Sowards.

This story makes me cry EVERY time I read it!  It just feels like Christmas when I get this one out and read it out loud.  My grown-up children still love the stories and we still read them on Christmas eve.


As part of The Magic of Christmas,WinterHaven Books is hosting a give-away that will include two book bundles to be shipped to an elementary school or library of the winner's choosing. The winner will be offered a few options and they can choose what 2 bundles and location to ship to within the United States. Good luck and happy holidays!

The winner will be able to choose two from the following choices:

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (includes all 3 books)

Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Steifvater (includes all 3 books)

Dairy Queen Trilogy by Catherine Murdock (includes all 3 books)

Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (includes first 3 books)

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  1. I loved the Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate!

  2. I loved The Night Before Christmas. I love this giveaway. So much. Thanks, Val!

  3. I loved the Babar series. There's something about an elephant who is a king!

  4. I always loved the *Sweet Valley* books, and the *Trixie Belden* mystery books as a child.