I have a wonderful new book to share with you today called The Snowman Maker written by Barbara Briggs Ward.
Over the years, Ben and Ellie never had a problem communicating. So when Ben seems distant, Ellie's confused. Her instinct tells her it has something to do with the contents of an old cardboard box his father insisted Ben take before he passed away. With the children grown, Ben's evasiveness adds to Ellie wishing the holidays were over. But it's Christmas -- the season of hope and love rekindled -- especially when going back to a wondrous place on a winter's night in the old sleigh decorated in pine boughs and silver bells -- the very sleigh that carried a little boy and that cardboard box on a Christmas Eve journey so long ago.
Wow, this was some story! Ben didn't find out he was adopted until his father died and then he finds out the truth! I guess it would be a shock to find that out when you are a grown adult and have your own children. I guess back in those days, they didn't believe in telling children like they do today.
Ben and Ellie's neighbor, Henry was their neighbor for a long time and Ben thought he might know something and he did. He knew Ben's real mother and took him to the camp where she worked until she couldn't care for Ben anymore. Henry is the one who brought Ben to his house and then the next door neighbor's adopted Ben and raised him as their own.
But, then another surprise is revealed when Ben locates his mother with Henry's help. This is a heartwarming story of love, even for old people who never stopped loving each other. You will want to read this great little story about young love and old love and the test of time.
Just in time for Christmas, too!
About the Author:
Barbara Briggs Ward grew up in the country surrounded by relatives and a backdrop made for inspiring a young imagination. Barbara and her cousins were constantly playing in their chicken coop clubhouse filled with the remains of an abandoned one-room schoolhouse. It was in that clubhouse where Barbara read her favorite authors including Louisa May Alcott and Laura Ingalls Wilder - and began writing her own little stories. When her grandfather made her "most favorite Christmas present ever" - a simple pine desk with a single drawer which held a pad of lined paper and a #2 pencil - Barbara knew she wanted to be a writer.
Barbara began writing for children, having been published in Highlights for Children and www.storiesforchildrenmagazine.org. She is the author/illustrator of the Snarly Sally picture book series.
Barbara's writing took a turn in October, 2010 when she published, "The Reindeer Keeper", a heartwarming story of Family & Christmas chosen by both Yahoo's Christmas Book Club Group and Yonker's Riverfront Library Book Club as their 2012 December Book of the month.
The author has been gracious enough to offer one reader their own copy of The Snowman Maker. You can get either an ebook or a hard copy. Open Internationally if you wish an ebook. Good Luck Everyone!