Time for another Christmas picture book. The pictures are absolutely beautiful even if the story was sad, sweet, and wonderful all at the same time.
The only home little Rose has ever known was the orphanage, but Mrs. Hartley cares for all the children as if they were her own. Then Mrs. Hartley dies, and Rose is sent to a new orphanage, which is as cold and cruel as her previous home was kind. Gradually Rose makes a few friends, and she learns from them that every Christmas a generous neighbor donates a box of oranges for the children.
An unimaginable treat for a little orphan girl, an orange is an unknown luxury for little Rose. But on Christmas morning, there is no orange for Rose, only a broken-hearted child. What happens next is part of the miracle of Christmas . . .
In a charming retelling of this well-loved story, author Linda Bethers brings to new life the spirit of Christmas . . . and of love.
When I first looked at this book, the pictures captured my attention right away and I had to sit down and read the whole story. Oh, it was sweet. And yes, I wanted to cry! And I wanted to write a sequel to it. This is a book every story lover should have on their shelf to remind them that Christmas is not about getting, it’s about giving.
I’m still trying to find out what story this is based off of! If anyone can tell me, please end my search! I want to read the full thing.