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Christmas with Tucker (A Dog Named Christmas 0.5)

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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  754 ratings  ·  138 reviews
The touching prequel to the bestselling novel A Dog Named Christmas

The sleeper hit of 2008, A Dog Named Christmas became a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie a year later, seen by more than twelve million people in the United States alone. Now, in Christmas with Tucker, Greg Kincaid brings back one of that book’s most endearing characters, sharing the moving story of George, a yo
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Hardcover, 180 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Doubleday Religion (first published January 1st 2010)
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Susan
This series of Christmas books are excellent. Not your regular super sappy stories that usually come along with the season. The characters are living in the real world with real situations good and bad.

Mark Bramhall's narrative is beautifully smooth and the inflection of his voice match's the tone of the book perfectly. Highly recommend.
Julianna
Jan 05, 2012 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Heartwarming Holiday Stories; Coming of Age Stories
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"4.5 stars" Christmas with Tucker is billed on the cover as a prequel to A Dog Named Christmas. While most of the events of the book take place long before A Dog Named Christmas, I still consider it to be the second in this untitled series. It begins with George McCray, the father and narrator of A Dog Named Christmas, reminiscing about Christmas 1962 which was a year that changed his life as a young boy. George is again the first-person narrator of this feel-good story a
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Denise
Christmas to Tucker is the prequel to A Dog Named Christmas and very strongly continues in the simple, heartwarming, family values kind of vein.
The setting is a rural farming community in 1960s Kansas during one of the worst winter snow and ice storms in history. The McCray family is struggling with the holiday season already having recently lost John, son to Bo and Cora and father to George. The McCrays have a large dairy farm to keep running in addition to being the county road maintainers. As
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MissSusie
In Christmas with Tucker we go back to George McCray’s childhood it’s the year George’s father dies and his mother couldn’t bear to stay in Kansas so she moves to Minnesota but George stays on the farm with his grandparents when the biggest storms in history hits their small town, this is a true coming of age book as George helps out his grandfather and the whole town.

After reading Greg Kincaid’s other books to see George as a young boy was nice, George had a tough time of it after his father di
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Ronna
This prequel to A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS is a must read for all dog lovers, and dog rescuers. In this story we learn about George and a life affirming season that he spent with his grandparents and an 'borrowed' dog named, Tucker.

This coming of age story takes place in 1962, when George was 13, and his father had just recently been killed in a farming accident. It was also a winter of one of the largest snow storms, followed by an ice storm in Kansas' history. George took on many adult rolls to ke
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Kathy Davie
A prequel in the McCray Family fictional series about a dairy farming family in Kansas in 1962.

Do try to read this story before A Dog Named Christmas —-it'll just be a teeny bit less sad, although Kincaid has written it so that it isn't necessary---the prologue introduces how Tucker comes into the McCrays' neighborhood while the last chapter is a blend as George reminisces.

My Take
Oh god, I cried and cried. A story that was bittersweet with loss and love. George learns some powerful lessons thi
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Connie
This is both a coming-of-age story and a Christmas story set in a Kansas farm town in 1962. George's father had recently died in a farm accident, and George was staying with his grandparents on the family farm while his mother was out in Minnesota looking for a new home. The boy is looking after a neighbor's dog, Tucker, when a huge blizzard comes to Kansas. He faces challenge after challenge on the farm helping his grandparents with the dairy farm during the power outage. He also takes shifts p ...more
Erin
I downloaded this book to read over lunch. I figured it would fill a few lunch hours and give me a start on some holiday reading. I've never actually made it a point to read holiday books and if a series has a book set over the holidays, I just read it when I come to it, even if it is July. This year I figured I'd try to read holiday books during the holiday season (yesterday just felt like winter).

But I digress - I started reading this and couldn't put it down. I read it while I waited for code
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Donna
Christmas with Tucker is the story of a 12 yr. old boy, George, who has lost his father in a farming accident. After the death of his father, George's mother and 2 sisters move to Minnesota to be closer to his mother's family. George stays behind to help his grandparents on the farm. This is something he wanted to do.

The winter of 1962 brought a terrrible blizzard to Kansas; the worst they have ever seen. During this time, George is called upon to help his grandfather with the dairy farm and run
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Cyndi
I really got into the story and loved this Christmas book about a coming of age boy who is grieving for the loss of his father and finds out the meaning of family, friends, community and mostly that life can be good again, even if it is different. I loved the wisdom of his grandparents and wish that every child had people like this in their lives. Some parts were sugar-coated, but you expect that with a heart-warming Christmas book.
Kathryn
This is the prequel to A Dog Named Christmas, although it stands alone just fine. I just loved Tucker in this story and he just loved everyone especially twelve-year old George. The story focuses around a dairy farm in the 1960s and one of the worst winters in recorded history. And, of course, the wonders of Christmas
♥ Sandi
2 Kleenex book!! Second in a series of 3 books (also known as a prequel to the first book). Kincaid brings you right into the story. The connection you feel with his characters is wonderful. Love, friendship, loss, transformation, misfortune, Christmas and a dog. Great story. Good writing. Meaningful. 4 stars
NancyInWI
Just finished this book and I'm typing through tears. The first part of the book was pretty slow and dare I say it, boring. But the last two chapters were beautiful. I'm going to remember George McCray and his dog Tucker for Christmas's to come.
Karen
I loved this book! It is well written and such a great story and characters. It makes me miss when times were simpler and neighbors looked out and cared for each other. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
Loraine
SUMMARY: The touching prequel to the bestselling novel A Dog Named Christmas

The sleeper hit of 2008, A Dog Named Christmas became a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie a year later, seen by more than twelve million people in the United States alone. Now, in Christmas with Tucker, Greg Kincaid brings back one of that book’s most endearing characters, sharing the moving story of George, a young boy dealing with the loss of his father, and the dog that comes into his life to offer him hope and a touch of c
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Kathy
One of the best Christmas stories I've read in a long time. Read both of Greg Kincaids books now, hoping he is working on another Christmas novel.
Brooke
Extremely well written. Sucked me into the story from the beginning. Great characters & enjoyable coming of age story.
Jan Thorne
I'm just a sucker for a story with a loving dog.
Dailycheapreads
Christmas With Tucker was a gift from my friend last year. A box of Kleenex later, I made it through this touching story that still warms my heart.
Christmas With Tucker is a pre-quel to Greg Kincaid's very popular A Dog Named Christmas ($9.99). It's 1962 in eastern Kansas and young George McCray is living on the farm with his grandparents. George's dad was killed in a farm accident that summer. His mom and older sisters moved to Michigan, but his mother sensed he needed to stay on the farm for
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Sharon
Greg Kincaid's "Christmas with Tucker" is, on the surface, a story about coming of age. Once you get into it further, it's far more complex than that.

The book 's primary action takes place in 1962. Thirteen-year-old George McCray lives with his grandparents on a Kansas dairy. His father has been killed in an accident, and his mother and sisters have moved away to Minnesota. George asks for a little more time on the farm.

During the course of the book, George starts to take care of Tucker. Tucker
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Linda
George McCray a young adolescent is dealing with the loss of his father and he decided to stay put on his grandparent's dairy farm and continuing there for awhile. Aftre all its the only home he has ever know. His mother and 2 older sisters leave the farm to start over and get away from the memories there at the dairy farm. This is the only home that George has ever known and he doesn't want to leave yet and not really sure if he wants to. Actually, he really doesn't know what to do if he really ...more
Debbie Smith
I was really looking forward to reading "Christmas with Tucker" and the wait for it to arrive seemed endless after I found out I was one of the lucky people chosen to recieve a copy of it from Goodreads First Read. The Christmas season was hectic and Christmas flew by before I really had a chance to enjoy it. The book didn't actually reach my house until January but I'm always up for a good Christmas story and "Christmas with Tucker" was just that a good Christmas story. I was going to read it q ...more
Julie Failla Earhart
After reading Kincaid’s heartwarming holiday story, A Dog Named Christmas, I headed to my local branch of the St. Louis Public Library to see what else I could find. Unfortunately, Kincaid had only one other book under his belt, 2010’s Christmas with Tucker, a prequel to the 2008 bestseller. I snatched it off the shelf and headed home.

The story takes place in the winter of 1962, shortly before Christmas. George McCray is living in the home he’s always known with his paternal grandparents’ dairy
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Lisa
May 07, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Heather
I ripped the audiobook to my computer last winter, but didn't have time to listen to it until recently. This book would be excellent to listen to as a family because of the great themes of hard work, family, caring for others, and redemption and forgiveness. Perfect for a family story during the Christmas season. Although this book is built around Christmas and Christian values, it is not preachy or sickly sweet.

This book is more about 12 year old George than it is about the dog. George is deal
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Athena Nagel
CHRISTMAS WITH TUCKER IS THE SECOND BOOK IN A SERIES BY GREG KINCAID AND A PREQUEL TO A DOG NAMED CHRISTMAS. THE DOG'S NAME IS TUCKER AND HIS NEW HUMAN FRIEND IS GEORGE. GEORGE IS TWELVE YEARS OLD AND SUFFERING SOME HARDSHIPS. HE IS LIVING WITH HIS GRANDPARENTS AT THE MOMENT AND TUCKER IS THE NEIGHBOR'S DOG. THIS IS A STORY OF HOPE, LOVE AND MIRACLES - TRUE TO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. I READ THIS BOOK (ALL THREE BOOKS ACTUALLY) WITH MY DAUGHTER AND SHE LOVED IT. WE ARE A FAMILY OF DOG LOVERS - THER ...more
True
An easy to read story, but don't let that fool you into thinking this book is mere child's play. There's a lot of depth here about loss and growth and love and community... and, dare I say it, what we'd call around here Yankee ingenuity, though really it comes back to that old adage of "wear it out, use it up, make it do, do without."

Written in a matter-of-fact manner without a shred of sap, it reminded me of stories of my father's growing up on a farm in Maine, and reminded me too, of Ralph Mo
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Faithann
Rules are made to be followed, but this is the winter when all of the rules that George has lived by will be broken. At the age of 13, George's world is turned upside down when his father is killed in an accident on the family farm. His mother, no longer able to bear living on the farm, takes his two sisters and moves to Minnesota. Feeling that George needs a little more time, she leaves him with his grandparents in Kansas with plans to take him to Minnesota after the Christmas holiday. When the ...more
Kari
A prequel to A Dog Named Christmas, about the dad George's winter on his grandfather's farm in Kansas when he took care of a neighbor's dog. At age 12, George's father died in a tractor accident, and his mom decides to move back to Minnesota to be closer to her family. George requests a few more months on the family dairy farm, and his grandparents agree to let him stay.
George ends up taking on a lot of chores and responsibilities around the farm, including milking the cows and helping to keep
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Conchita Matson
What a great story. Makes me yearn for the old days when children were well mannered and respected their elders and when parents and grandparents took an active role in raising their children,instilling them with good values. Plus it has an awesome Irish Setter in it so how can you go wrong? Great story to read at Christmas.
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