If you are looking for a children’s book to give as a gift or keep for reading aloud to your own children, consider The King’s Christmas List.
It is easy to read and age appropriate for preschoolers through early elementary grades. The illustrations are charming and the storyline provides many teachable opportunities to explain the concepts of sharing and giving to even the littlest listeners.
This book is timeless and can be read and enjoyed repeatedly. Why not use it to start a family tradition in your home? Pass a copy of it down through the different generations to encourage many lifetimes of sharing and caring for others. It makes a perfect gift item for that special child as well.
Meet the Cast of Characters
The diminutive dog Shu-Shu and his owner, Emma, are the main characters. They receive an invitation to travel to the kingdom to attend the King’s birthday party.
In that wonderful make-believe way that so often happens in children’s stories, Shu-Shu is suddenly able to speak and talk with his little owner. After some intense conversation, they decide to accept the King’s invitation and make the trip to his party. Emma decides that she will give the King a cake that she baked as a birthday gift.
Why the Cake Doesn’t Make It to the Party
However, as they travel to the kingdom on their way to the party, Emma and Shu-Shu encounter some needy people.
Emma’s heart is touched with compassion and she not only gives away some of her prized possessions; she also gives away the cake she had planned to give the King as his birthday present.
Emma’s heart is sad because she no longer has a gift for her king. Imagine her joy, however, when she discovers that her selfless giving is the present that the King treasures the most.
Now, as you know, I hate to spoil a good story by revealing the ending, so if you want to find out what gift the King gives to Emma, you will have to read the book for yourself. In addition to learning what Emma receives from the King, you can find out the contents of the King’s Christmas list. Some of the items on the list may surprise you!
How You Can Use This Book to Teach a Life Lesson
The best thing about this book is it is not just a feel-good story that you read and then put the book back on the shelf until the next holiday season. You can put feet to your faith and teach your children by your own example about sharing and caring.
All you have to do is visit the website mentioned in the back of the book, which is www.TheKingsAdventure.com, and choose a charity to support. World Vision and blood:water mission are charity partners, and Giving Life is a charity founded by the author, Eldon Johnson, and his friend, Scott Brady. My family chose to sponsor a child through World Vision last year, and she has been a real blessing to our family.
However, just in case you can’t wait to buy a copy of the book or if it is all sold out at your local bookseller, you can find a copy of the King’s Christmas list in your Bible. Just check out Matthew 25:37-40.
If the charities listed in the book or on the website just don’t resonate with you for whatever reasons, the Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) has several ongoing projects that you may be interested in partnering with. You can get more details by reading Christmas Care Project by Annette R. Smith right here on Hubpages.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their […] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”