Thursday, December 2, 2010
Christmas Oranges by Linda Bethers, Ben Sowards
There are so many great Christmas picture books it's hard to choose just one to read.
Linda Bethers loved the story of the Christmas Oranges. She started reciting it at parties and family gatherings. Word got around of this story and storyteller and Linda became busy during the holidays. Others were called, asking for the written version. Someone even suggested she send it in to Covenant, which she did.
They accepted the story and published it as a booklet. Christmas Oranges sold out its first printing and Covenant scrambled to get a second printing by Christmas.
They printed more the next year and sold out again. It wasn't too long before someone realized this story would sell big every Christmas so why not make it into a picture book?
I love to read this book every Christmas year to my family. It's a great way to help get us into the Christmas spirit of giving and having a grateful heart.