About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle: Review & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours


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Book Details:

Book Title The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 38 pages
Genre:  Children's Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   September 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)

Tour dates: November 26 to December 17
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

***** 2021 Family Choice Award Winner *****

Book Description:

During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.

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Trimming the Christmas tree with lights, and finding the perfect spot for each ornament, is usually a very special part of the holiday season. This new Christmas book tells the charming story of two children who are excited to see their Christmas tree being decorated shortly after Thanksgiving. Each night Hannah and William Miller sit and view their beautiful tree, but it isn't until Christmas Eve that they discover just how special it is. Hannah climbs out of her bed to spy on Santa, but instead finds that the ornaments on the tree are alive!

Author Kristin Sponaugle shares a sweet tale of magical ornaments that play, talk, and laugh the night away, and children will eagerly dive into their fantastic adventures. Colorful illustrations by Agus Prajogo and Sponaugle's use of clever names make each ornament so much fun to get to know. Who wouldn't like to see Nutmeg the Gingerbread Man and Jack the Nutcracker sliding down the garland on the tree, or the two bird ornaments, Snowflake and Holly, flying around it and chirping Christmas carols?

Children will love The Living Christmas Tree and reading it with them could become a family tradition. Don't we all need a little Christmas magic in our lives?

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author's Guest Post 

 Anticipating the Magic of Christmas: The Story Behind The Living Christmas Tree

As a young child, one of my family’s traditions was setting up and decorating our family Christmas tree on the day after Thanksgiving. Each year I would get so excited to unpack the ornaments and place them on the tree. The ornaments, beads, and garland twinkling in the Christmas lights on the tree seemed so magical to me. In my head, I imagined the Christmas ornaments would come to life and enjoy scampering around the tree, visiting with one another, and having grand adventures. My mom would often find me kneeling in front of our tree, playing with the ornaments and moving them around. I kept this story-line going the entire Christmas season until we took our tree down shortly after the New Year. Each morning I looked forward to playing with my magical Christmas tree. I even remember daydreaming about my ornaments’ adventures when I was away from the tree! For quite a few years, as the Christmas season would approach, I would impatiently wait for our Christmas tree to be set up and decorated so I could play with the ornaments. Playing with the ornaments made Christmas seem just a little bit more magical to me. 

I was so nervous to put this idea to paper, as this story is a favorite childhood memory, but I wanted others to feel the magic of Christmas just as I did when I was a little girl. I hope my book inspires other children to look at their tree in a whole new way, and to anticipate the magic of Christmas as soon as their tree stands tall!

Meet the Author:

Kristin Sponaugle was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Kristin had always dreamed of becoming an author, and made that dream a reality with her two published children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her Maltese dog, Rosie. Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, and Rosie, and resides wherever the Air Force sends them.

Connect with the Author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram
Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 26 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 29 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 29 -
My Bookish Bliss - book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 - Triquetra Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / spotlight
Dec 1 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 2 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 -
Rockin' Book Reviews - book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 3 – Books for Books – book review
Dec 6 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 6 – Kam's Place – book review
Dec 7 - icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 8 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – All Booked Up Reviews – Instagram – book review
Dec 9 - Older & Smarter? – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 – Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Captive Dreams Window – book review
Dec 14 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 15 - The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 16 - I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 17 – Cover To Cover Café – book review

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it so much. Have a very merry, and magical, Christmas!