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A Dust Bowl Christmas

Asleep on the Hay

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It’s Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It’s the height of the Dust Bowl and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck.

Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth—extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him of the true meaning of Christmas.

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Hott Review of Asleep on the Hay:

Warning – you’re going to cry… I had to read Asleep on the Hay several times myself before I could get through it aloud without my voice cracking.

Asleep on the Hay is an amazing book. First, the pictures are outstanding, I could just sit and look at those all day. The truly magnificent part of this book is Paul. He’s normal. He’s real. Every child… person will really understand his feelings. Having something else missing from his life. The only thing he still holds dear. He’s lost everything and now they want something more. Ahhh, such a perfect book!

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Author: Ben Sowards
Source: ~Inspired Kathy~ at I Am A Reader
Publisher & Date: October 6th 2015 by Ensign Peak
Genre: Christmas
ISBN: 1629720674 (ISBN13: 9781629720678)
Pages: 32
Grade: A+
Ages: 2-92

Author Bio:

Ben SowardsBen Sowards is the illustrator of many well-loved picture books, including A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Seven Miracles that Saved America, and Christmas Oranges.

Ben Sowards teaches others to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where has directed the illustration program since 2001.

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