Monday, December 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Asleep On The Hay (A Dust Bowl Christmas) by Ben Sowards

Asleep on the Hay (1)

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629720674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629720678

Asleep on the Hay 
Asleep on the Hay: A Dust Bowl Christmas by Ben Sowards
amazonIt’s Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It’s the height of the Dust Bowl and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck. Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth—extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him of the true meaning of Christmas. 

Review: Love the gorgeous illustrations in this book! Although the main story is about Paul and his huge sacrifice for someone else at Christmas, we also are treated to the story of the first Christmas. 

There isn't a lot of text on each page, which makes it an easy read for beginning readers, and which will also keep the attention of any child to whom it is being read.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Five stars

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ben sowardsAuthor & Illustrator Ben Sowards 
Ben Sowards is the illustrator of many well-loved picture books, including A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Seven Miracles that Saved America, and Christmas Oranges. Ben Sowards teaches others to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where has directed the illustration program since 2001.

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