What Child Is This? A Christmas Story Book Review
A Beautiful Story of Hope and Answered Prayers
What Child Is This is a beautiful Christmas story. The book contains everything a truly great Christmas story needs. There is a great need for light and love discovered within the difficult lives of two foster children. There are kindness, hope, and love found in the hearts of strangers. If you are looking for a truly great Christmas story that delivers the true Spirit of Christmas, then this is likely your read. Note: You may need tissues for this one. I did.
What Is What Child Is This All About?
This is a story about a boy named Matt who has lived the hardest type of life. His father has died and his mother is a drug addict and so Matt has spent most of his childhood being passed around from one foster home to another. He is currently residing in the home of the Rowans, a kind older couple. If it doesn’t work out here he will likely be sent to Cambridge, a place more like a prison than an orphanage. The Rowans represent his last chance to get it right before he is sent in. Matt is very quiet and very cautious. He has learned to turn off his emotions.
Until one day Katie shows up…
Meet The Characters of What Child Is This – A Christmas Story
Katie was raised by a foster family until she was three years old. Suddenly, her foster parents found themselves pregnant with twins and Katie was sent back into the system. She is now eight years old and like Matt has been moved from one home to another. Unlike Matt, she still dreams of a real family. She still believes it can happen.
When Katie shows up at the Rowan’s, Matt’s first hope at a real home starts to look a little shaky. The Rowan’s can’t keep up with the endless energy Katie has and Matt fears she will cause them to leave the foster system altogether and off he will go. He doesn’t expect to come to care for Katie so much. He doesn’t mean to start looking at her as his little sister.
But when Mr. Pollard, their social worker shows up one day with these beautiful white paper Christmas bells hanging from golden strands and asks them to tell him what they want for Christmas, Katie can think of nothing she would like better than a family. Pollard tells her that’s too big a Christmas wish, she needs to think little. And so she does…
But Matt has something else in mind…
I can’t tell you more without ruining it, but I can tell you it is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at once. A truly lovely and moving Christmas book.
What I Loved About What Child Is This
- Pretty much everything.
- The characters are real. Everyone is so different yet still so much the same. You can’t help but relate to them.
- The setting is gorgeous. The snow is falling, the Christmas trees grand, the church alight. This story transports you to such a lovely vision of a Christmastime.
- This is a story that has so much to say. You will never pass a Wish Tree again without thinking of these characters, or selecting an angel yourself. A book that can change you for the better is the best kind of book.
- I love that all of the staring characters are children. The perspectives are enlightening.
- Most importantly I love that the true meaning of Christmas is present in the pages. God is there and He is working in the most beautiful way to heal the broken.
From the Book Jacket of What Child Is This By Caroline B. Cooney
On this Christmas Eve, the snow lies on the ground and the stars shine bright, but the grown-ups leave a lot ot be desired.
And the children desire so much.
Katie, a foster child, wants only one thing: a family.
Who is there who can bring such an immense gift? There are no wise men coming from the East. There are no shepherds waiting in the fields.
But there is Matt Morden, age sixteen, who believes he is doing a good deed.
There is Liz Kitchell, also sixteen, whose family decorates and celebrates but leaves Liz wondering where the meaning of the holiday has gone.
There are Mr. Knight and his son, Tack, who run an inn and put up a tree on which children’s wishes will hang, waiting to be granted.
It’s Christmas, the season of miracles, joy, and hope. Is that spirit strong enough to bring about the impossible?
About The Author of What Child Is This – Caroline B. Cooney
Caroline B. Cooney is the author of more than 90 suspense, mystery, and romance novels for teenagers, which have sold over 15,000,000 copies and are published in several languages. The Face on the Milk Carton has sold over 3,000,000 copies and was made into a television movie. Her books have won many state library awards and are on many booklists, such as the New York Public Library’s annual teen picks.
Caroline grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, and spent most of her life on the shoreline of that state but is now in South Carolina near her family. She has three children and four grandchildren. She was a church organist for many years, accompanied the choirs at her children’s schools, and now plays keyboard for musicals.
Janie Face to Face, the fifth book in the Janie series, which begins with The Face on the Milk Carton, came out last year. Other recent titles are Three Black Swans, They Never Came Back, and If the Witness Lied and The Lost Songs. No Such Person, a thriller, will appear in the summer of 2015. She is currently researching the exciting, terrifying, and completely unexpected story of the children who will one day sail on the Mayflower to the New World.
You can visit Caroline B. Cooney’s site here.
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