Oct 5, 2023
John Buchta is on the #ReadingWithYourKids #Podcast to celebrate "The Wonderful Once" John tells us this is a heartwarming Christmas story set in the late 19th century, featuring a young homeless boy named Lucas Astin who discovers the true joy of sharing and giving. The story revolves around Lucas, who lives in a school with other homeless children. Every year, they have a grand celebration where each child can choose one gift from a pile. When Lucas receives a beautiful handcrafted sled, he is overjoyed. However, as the night progresses, he realizes there are no more gifts for a newcomer, a homeless girl who joins them. Without hesitation, Lucas decides to give his precious sled to the girl, learning that giving can be even more rewarding than receiving. The book emphasizes the importance of sharing, kindness, and the power of one small gesture to make a significant impact on the world. It carries a valuable message about the innate kindness and unselfishness that resides in children's hearts. The story takes readers on a magical journey to the North Pole, where Lucas becomes Santa Claus, symbolizing the transformative power of generosity. John Buchta was inspired by his own childhood experiences and his desire to encourage children to act on their instincts and make a positive difference in the world. The book is beautifully illustrated by Erina Larry Brown, adding depth to the enchanting tale. "The Wonderful Once" is a touching story that reminds us all of the magic of giving and the difference it can make in the lives of others.
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