A brightly colored, beautifully illustrated story with not only a beautiful story, but a powerful, important story – just in time for the holiday season!
Disclosure: I received this book to review through iRead Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.
First and foremost, I have to say; I loved the dedication from the author so much. (If you passed it, go back and read it. It’s a must before you start this story!)
This is a super cute read and while the suggested age is 3-7, I think everyone could use a “heart lesson” and learn from In the Nick of Time. Not only is the holiday season what giving is all about, but it is a great lesson in being humble; remembering what you have to be grateful for; remembering and accepting others differences; and for giving when and where you can.
The fact that this book is geared towards children warms my heart as I am a firm believer that lessons such as this need to be taught starting at a young age.
As an adult, I really enjoyed this book. I felt like the mom was a mother after my own heart and it was realistic. And I cannot rave enough about the importance of the lesson within the pages.
I cannot wait to read this with my 7 year old and am definitely going to be having my 12 and 14 year old read it as well. Like I said before, at this time in our society; everyone could use a good heart lesson.
About the Author
Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).