More recommendations…

Today I have more recommendations or gift ideas for you…but they might be a little different that what you are used to seeing here on the blog…


This first one is one for the whole family.


Cole Family Christmas by Jennifer Liu Bryan with Hazel Cole Kendle


This is a wonderful book based on a true story about the Cole family and one special Christmas they shared.
With beautiful illustrations and a touching story, Cole Family Christmas is a book that is good for the entire family.  Young and old alike will enjoy this tale of family and love.


colefamilyBlurb (from the inside cover):
The wish book. This amazing year, the nine children in the Cole family have been allowed to sit down with the Sears, Roebuck and Company catalogue to choose the gift they would most like to receive for Christmas. This is a rare event, for the Coles are not wealthy.

Indeed, “Cole Family Christmas” is the true, tender, and wholly unforgettable tale of a coal miner’s family. The story takes place in the small company town of Benham, Kentucky, in a time and place when coal was king and families made their precarious living mining the dirty and sometimes deadly coal.

When one of Mama’s few possessions, a treasured purple glass bowl with fluted edges, is accidentally broken by exuberant children rushing in from the outdoors, and an unlikely blizzard prevents Papa from coming home after working extra hours at the coal mine on Christmas Eve, the stage is set for a Christmas morning in which gifts are given and received that no one could have predicted.

As Christmas comes and goes in the Cole family’s simple, crowded, good-natured home, ten-year-old Ruble and her siblings have ample opportunity to realize that the most precious gifts are those that come from the heart.



You can learn more about this book and the Cole family here: 


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