Illustrations by Necdet Yilmaz
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Release Date: November 1, 2014
One Christmas Eve in a far kingdom, the royal family gathered to open presents, which mostly means watching the prince open his. However, the royal prince is a bit of a spoiled brat and none of his wonderful presents keeps him entertained for long. There is one person though that sees how truly miserable the prince is, his grandmother, and she offers him something he doesn't know he needs--a stick. It is this gift that finally opens the prince up to be grateful and to find the cure for his sadness.
A different kind of Christmas story, this one isn't just about a child being bored or not being appreciative of all their gifts, but also about discovering true joy and happiness. There is an obvious lesson to be learned, but one that will open up dialogue concerning a number of topics. I know around this time of year there are talks about what Christmas and the Holidays really are about is a big deal in a lot of families. Children can seem greedy as they beg for the biggest, brightest, loudest toys and most parents know that the child could be just as happy with a pile of blocks. Try convincing your little prince or princess of that though. The illustrations were bright although a bit computer-flat to me, but I'm sure the bright colors will still draw in young readers.
A review copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review.