Bluefield, May 4, 2010: A Candle for Christmas is a book by Jean Speare and the illustrations are by Ann Blades. Read the book review at CalcuttaTube.
Little Tomas spends his time with nurse Roberta and waits for his parents to come back. They have been gone for two weeks to help his uncle Alphonse to help him with his cattle. There is deep snow outside and it is a tough to travel in the bitter cold. It is Christmas eve and his parents have promised him to be back before Christmas. Tomas is in a dilemma whether his parents would be back, but the kind nurse Roberta assures him that they will. As she goes to visit a patient who is in an emergency, Tomas works on the Christmas tree, lights the wood logs. He lights a candle and puts it outside, protected from the wind. Then the little boy falls asleep. In his dreams he sees the candle getting larger and lights up the hills. He then hears nurse Roberta calling him and the sounds of cattle and bells, just like the ones his father puts on the horses harness in winter. Read the book to know what happens next.
Set in the backdrop of the Canadian Northwest, the book is a wonderful warm story of Christmas spirit – the time for celebration and sharing, and above all showing affection and care for friends and family. The illustrations by Ann Blades go perfectly with the story by Jean Speare.
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