I am linking up with Deanna Jump again for her Let's Talk About Books! Linky.
As I was sitting here thinking about which book to discuss this week, I realized just how many books there are that have a special place in my heart. But there are a few that stand out above the others. One of these books is one that I was introduced to while I was student teaching in third grade.
It is called Christmas Tapestry and is by one of my favorite authors: Patricia Polacco.
This book warms my heart every time that I read it! There is a leak in the church that ruins the wall and everyone is worried that the Christmas Eve service will be ruined. But they find a beautiful tapestry to cover the wall. The heartwarming part comes when an older Jewish woman recognizes the tapestry and this discovery leads to a Christmas miracle!
My mentor teacher handed me this book and asked me to read it aloud because we had a few minutes before we had to go to lunch. Having never read the book before I was not prepared for the ending. I got towards the end and realized what was happening and started crying as I was reading it. I thought to myself, 'Oh goodness, these kids are going to think I am crazy!', but as I looked around the room I saw that the students all had tears in their eyes too. Needless to say, we were a little late to lunch that day! As soon as I got home from school that day and went online to order the book. I also ordered it for my mom as a stocking stuffer and she loved it just as much as I did. This is a book that will be read in my house for every Christmas to come!
What are some of your favorite books?