Monday, December 14, 2015

Book Review: Asleep On The Hay (And A $25 Giveaway!)

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Asleep on the Hay

I'm happy to be part of the blog tour for Asleep On The Hay: A Dust Bowl Christmas.  This book is a picture book by Ben Sowards. If you aren't familiar with Mr. Sowards work, this book showcases the best of his art. He makes people and faces come alive on the page. It's incredible and this book's illustrations are no exception. (There are some examples below.)

The storyline is a Christmas setting during the Great Depression. Paul and his beloved calf are inseparable as they struggle through little food and his parents' absence. Then, when a couple knocks on the door, in need of a doctor for their sick baby. Paul's grandfather reaches out to help them, but Paul refuses, and rushes to his calf's side to tell her his troubles. While there, he has a dream that changes his heart.  A beautiful Christmas story with illustrations that will touch your heart and bring this story to life.

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Here's the back copy:

It’s Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It’s the height of the Dust Bowl and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck. Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth—extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him of the true meaning of Christmas.

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Ben Sowards is the illustrator of many well-loved picture books, including A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Seven Miracles that Saved America, and Christmas Oranges. Ben Sowards teaches others to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where has directed the illustration program since 2001.

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Alyson said...

This book looks wonderful! Thanks for the review of it. The illustrations are just beautiful. :-)

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

You're welcome! I loved the illustrations so much!