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June 19, 2015

THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS by Dorothy Thurgood Manning

Dorothy Thurgood Manning


 The True Spirit of Christmas is a rhyming picture book geared for children ages 3 to 8. It is about Maddie, a spoiled child who loves Christmas and thinks she knows what it's all about. On Christmas Eve, she confronts Santa over the lack of presents he is leaving under the tree for her. Santa teaches her that the true spirit of Christmas is in giving and not receiving.

Dorothy Thurgood Manning
 Dorothy Thurgood Manning was born in Boston. Although now living in San Francisco with her husband and sons, she still dreams of a white Christmas. Ms. Manning graduated from Stanford University and received her MFA from California College of the Arts. "The True Spirit of Christmas" is her first print book. Ms. Manning's children's book apps include "Curly Hair, Straight Hair" and "2 Tigers." "Curly Hair, Straight Hair" was listed in the Critics' Picks in iPads section of Kirkus Reviews. You can visit her online at:

 The author introduces us to a child who simply loves Christmas. Her name is Maddie.   There was a problem while preparing for Christmas. Maddie lost  the full meaning of the Spirit of Christmas. Sugar Plums was not the only dream she had.  She had dreams of a lot of presents that she is promised to get each year.  Her attitude at school was awful when they were making presents for her parents and young brother.   She did a bad thing.  She shoved them under her bed with her dirty socks instead off wrapping them and getting them ready to put under the tree.
When Santa arrived, Maddie is given a wake up call to look  hard at what Christmas is supposed to be all about.  She was shown it's about giving not getting.  It's about putting yourself after those you love.  Maddie finally wakes up and realizes that if she doesn't change she isn't going to get anything.  The author wrote a lovely Christmas story for little ones and those young at heart.  There are lessons in this book.  Good, strong lessons that everyone should take the time to learn. Christmas isn't all about you but those you love and what you can do to make them happy.  The pictures in the book are simply wonderful and tell a story in themselves. The story being told in rhyme is so good for children because it attracts their attention and holds it. Every little one and the young at heart will love this little Christmas book even in the middle off summer.

I was given a complimentary copy of The True Spirit off Christmas from the author, Dorothy Thurgood Manning for my view of the book.

I would give 5 STARS.


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