Character Interview with Glenn from A Christmas Kindness

I caught up with Glenn from A Christmas Kindness in the mall parking lot and asked him a few questions.

How did you meet Robert?

I met Robert in line as we waited to talk with Santa. He bent over to tie his shoe, and when he stood up, he saw me.

What did he say to you?

He asked me my name. Then he asked me what I wanted for Christmas.

Did you tell him?

Yes, but he didn’t really understand why I planned to ask Santa for that special present.

How come?

Well, Robert had a long list of toys he wanted to ask Santa to bring him. He was surprised I wanted something else.

Did you talk more about what you wanted?

I explained about my mom and my brother. I think he understood after that. Not sure, though, because Santa called Robert over and we didn’t talk again.

What do you think Robert asked Santa for?

Don’t know, but he seemed really happy after he hopped off Santa’s lap.

Do you think you and Robert will find the gifts you asked Santa for under the Christmas tree tomorrow?

I hope so!

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If you enjoyed our short character interview, I hope you’ll check out my book, A Christmas Kindness. The publisher released a second edition in 2020. The second edition includes discussion questions, activities, crafts, and more! Here is more about the book:

Title: A CHRISTMAS KINDNESS
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Pages: 52
Genre: First Chapter Reader

BOOK BLURB:

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

PRAISE

It is not often that a simple children’s book can nearly bring me to tears, but this one succeeded. There is nothing better than reading a story at Christmastime that reminds you that there are still good people and good kids in the world. This is one heartwarming Christmas story that you and your kids can read and enjoy. It will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and I believe that the author’s purpose is accomplished.

– Ruth, Amazon Reviewer

Robert can’t wait to see Santa. He’s got a pile of stuff he wants to ask for. Then he meets Glenn in line, and Robert himself gets to play Santa. I was touched by the main character’s transformation after he came in contact with someone in real need. The glow he walks away with can’t be bought, and he’ll never find it under the Christmas tree, but it’s the heart of the season that he’s found. Nicely illustrated, enjoyable story for readers of all ages. 

– Jude, Amazon Reviewer

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BOOK EXCERPT:

“Oh, when will we get there?” whispered Robert from the backseat of his mother’s car. He fiddled with the pull on his coat. The wipers brushed aside the snow falling on the windshield.

As they arrived, lines of cars streamed in and out of the mall parking lot. Robert peered over his mother’s shoulder and saw her white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel. She huffed as she scanned the parking lot for an empty space. He wiggled around, but his seat belt kept him secure.

Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Robert’s shoulders drooped when he saw how many kids waited to see Santa. There were babies, some crying and struggling to get out of their mother’s arms. Little kids, many younger than eight-year-old Robert, clung to their father’s pants or jumped up and down as they waited their turn.

“This is going to take forever!”

About the Author

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of four children’s books including, A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing. A member of SCBWI, she is blogger and book reviewer. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com.

Connect with Cheryl on Twitter and Facebook.

Classic Christmas Stories for Children

We all have Christmas stories from our childhood that we still remember…some of us might even have a few of those classic storybooks in our houses now. Here are a few of my favorites.

 


Christmas is almost here, which means ice-skating, Christmas carols, and sparkly lights everywhere–even on Snoopy’s doghouse! Everyone is enjoying the holiday celebrations except Charlie Brown. Can the Peanuts gang help Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas?

This first one, I actually remember as an animated TV show. Each year it wouldn’t be Christmas without watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. Decades later, it was released as a children’s story. What a great way to honor this holiday tradition.

Dr. Seuss’s small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos in Whoville. The noisy holiday preparations and infernal singing of the happy little citizens below annoy him to no end. The Grinch decides this frivolous merriment must stop. His “wonderful, awful” idea is to don a Santa outfit, strap heavy antlers on his poor, quivering dog Max, construct a makeshift sleigh, head down to Whoville, and strip the chafingly cheerful Whos of their Yuletide glee once and for all.

This is another story I knew as a TV show first, but we still have this book in our basement. I never quite understood the orange cover, but this is a must read each Christmas.

Based upon the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” a father narrates this story of seeing Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. There are numerous versions of this story with a variety of illustrations. This is a pretty cover. I’ve also used the poem as inspiration for my own Christmas poetry.

 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

Honestly, it took me a bit of time to warm up to this story, but now that I have, I love reading it from time to time.

“The Gift of the Magi” is a short story written by O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been a popular one for adaptation, especially for presentation at Christmas time. The plot and its “twist ending” are well-known, and the ending is generally considered an example of cosmic irony.

This is another story that I had to warm up to. The message is wonderful, but I always felt it a tad too much for kids to handle. As an adult, I appreciate it a lot more.

What are a few Christmas classics you recall from your childhood?

Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

A-Christmas-Kindness-digital-coverAs you know, I have two books out: Little Shepherd (Guardian Angel Publishing) and A Christmas Kindness (4RV Publishing). During the month of December, I am visiting blogs talking about these stories and you’ll find some reviews along the way. I hope you’ll consider purchasing either or both of these books for your children. Here are links from where the book is being featured this week:

A Christmas Kindness

https://www.amazon.com/review/R7MVTM5BVTH73

http://www.cassandramsplace.com/2015/12/a-christmas-kindness-by-cheryl.html 

Little Shepherd

https://www.amazon.com/review/R23NMLCWULKPOI

http://mayrassecretbookcase.blogspot.be/2010/11/review-of-little-shepherd-by-cheryl-g.html 

Interview on Blogcritics MagazineLittle Shepherd

http://blogcritics.org/interview-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos-author-of-little-shepherd/

Interview on The Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos-author-of-little-shepherd

The Story Behind A Christmas Kindness

https://thestorybehindthebook.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/the-story-behind-a-christmas-kindness-by-cheryl-c-malandrinos/

Purchase Little Shepherd at:

Guardian Angel Publishing

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Indiebound

Purchase A Christmas Kindness at:

4RV Publishing

Amazon Print

Amazon Kindle

Barnes & Noble Print

Barnes & Noble Nook