'Tis the Season to be given, right? What better way to give than to participate in I Am a Reader, Not a Writer's giveaway fest co-hosted by Maryann of Chapter by Chapter?
Bookish Holiday Gift Idea #2:
Sweet, innocent, and kind are a few adjectives I'd use to describe my next MG feature.
Title: God Loves You, Chester Blue
Author: Suzanne Anderson
Publisher: Harry and George Press
Released: June 24, 2012
I'd like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of her book for review.
Favorite Line/Passage: Miss Millie stretched out her arms and embraced all the beauty she saw in the sky above her head. She silently thanked God for creating such a beautiful universe where anything was possible even when it seemed impossible.
Description: What if when you most needed help, a blue bear appeared with a note from God? One night, Miss Millie of Blossom, Ohio turns her face to the stars and asks God for help. The next day, a package arrives on her doorstep containing a blue teddy bear and a special note. Over the course of a year, this remarkable blue bear travels across the country, showing up just when he’s needed most. During his journey, Chester Blue helps a young girl trying to impress her big sisters; saves a sailor caught in a terrible storm; reunites two constantly fighting brothers; helps a cowboy become a rodeo clown; and aids a father and daughter in bonding after divorce. If you ever needed a message from God, it's here.
My Splats: A journey of miracles, hope, and trust that will stay with you long after.
This story is a chronicle of a special teddy bear, who unwittingly travels with family after family, person after person, and somehow finds all in need. He casts light on peoples' troubles, clearing their vision to see through their despair.
Miss Millie is a sweet elderly woman able to reflect on past blessings, see a void in today, and hope, pray, wish, and dream for a better day. But her small town's hustle and bustle slowly moves away, leaving the town practically lifeless and her Fix It Teddy Bear Shop forced to close, she can't seem to see the light anymore.
Through the mystical appearance of a blue bear, Miss Millie and others are given hope and reason to keep forging ahead, striving for a new day. Chester Blue is a bear of miracles. He shares life lessons with the reader like perseverance, kindness, understanding, and patience.
The writing is simple yet holds a poetic quality - a great read-aloud for younger kids and a wonderful on-my-own read for MG fans. This story would make a wonderful Christmas present, and a perfect time to share Chester Blue!
For more, please visit Chester Blue and Author Suzanne Anderson on their Website.
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