One of America's most prominent and personable politicians shares his mischievous side in a heartwarming story of a childhood Christmas.
Mike is desperate to get a football for Christmas. Then one day in the middle of December, a box that looks the exact right size appears under his family's Christmas tree. Mike just can't handle the temptation! He convinces his sister Pat that they should open their gifts and play with them THIS INSTANT. And that's what they do.
But on Christmas morning, the muddy football gives them away. After talking about the real meaning of Christmas and how some things are worth waiting for, Mike and Pat learn the benefit of patience, making the following Christmas more delightful than ever.
The waiting is the hardest part of the holiday, at least for former presidential candidate Huckabee when he was a child. Weeks before Christmas, young Mike is so eager to know if one of the gifts under the tree is his much-desired football that he's about to burst. He hatches a plan, drawing his older sister into cahoots, to surreptitiously find out. But keeping the secret from Mom and Dad is harder still. Huckabee's lighthearted cautionary tale is buoyed by zippy digital illustrations that convey both its humor and warmth. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)