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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Simon and his mom don't have much--the cardboard house they built for themselves, a tiny Christmas tree, and a picture of an angel pinned to one wall. On Christmas Eve they take in a frail stranger who needs a place to keep warm, and the next morning Simon wakes early to find that the woman has vanished. Instead, he sees December, the angel from the picture, with her wings ...more
Paperback, 36 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1997)
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Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ho-ho-ho, kidstuff
A sobering, yet touching tale of a homeless boy and his mother, and the one Christmas Eve they shared the little that they had with a needy stranger. A beautiful story with gorgeous illustrations by David Díaz. ...more
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very touching story about a homeless mother and son who aid a woman in need only to discover that the old woman isn't at all who she seems. It's a heart-lifting story and it's well told. It's one of a few that Bunting did with a focus on homeless people. Of course, this one is more subtle on the homeless aspect. The boy always talks about where he lives like its a very small home. If you didn't pick up on the context clues, you'd miss that whole aspect. It could be a Christmas story, b ...more
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Becky, Tamara
Shelves: picturebooks
This is a lovely and enchanting story. It brought tears to my eyes as I read it. I am reminded of this verse: Hebrews 13:2 Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.

The illustrations are heartbreakingly beautiful! I love the inscription by the author:

"To my grandchildren - 'For you have the faces of angels.'"

Jenny Clark
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A very touching story. How many would do what the mother and son did?
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A K-3 illustrated children's book that differentiates itself from other Christmas classics. ...more
Rachel Kirby
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teacher-read
I have greatly enjoyed reading this book. It really allowed me to take a deeper look inside of the life of homeless people. The kindness of the characters in the text broke many stereotypes of homeless people. For example, many think that homeless people are scary or mean. This book was a good reminder for myself. It made me realize that even in what feels like my lowest, I still have something to give to others. Even though it sounds cliché, this book also reveals a theme of not judging a book ...more
Ben Truong
December is a children's picture book written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by David Díaz. It is a holiday book about the nature of generosity, miracles, and the holiday spirit.

Bunting's text is rather simplistic and straightforward. The narrative is a wonderful touching holiday tale about the season of generosity, sharing, and showing hospitality to strangers – even if one is homeless. Diaz's acrylic, watercolor, and gouache paintings have the monumentality and intensity of stained glass, with
This beautifully written and illustrated picture book is a heartwarming story to share with young readers. Simon and his mother are homeless. They live in a cardboard box and only have room for themselves and a few Christmas decorations. But even as cold and as tough as things are for them on Christmas Eve, when another homeless woman knocks on their door, they let her in and share what little they have. The boy has a beautiful dream about angels after the old lady departs. As their situation im ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simon and his mother live in a box & newspaper house on the street. It’s Christmas Eve and they have decorated a tree with a toy soldier, beads found on the street, a spoon . On the wall, they have the picture of an angel from a calendar. They have called her December. As they lie down to go to sleep, there is a knock on their box. An old woman asks if they can share their shelter with her. Though cautious, Simon’s mother allows the woman in for the night. When they wake up in the morning, she’s ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I suddenly feel guilty for the times I stand in front of my closet full of clothes, and think, "I have nothing to wear." We have so many tree ornaments that some remain in the box each year because there's not enough room on the tree. We have fancy dishes, unused in cupboards. An extra refrigerator in the garage...which itself is a room designed to house our two cars. The stark contrast between this abundance, and the great want of so many, never ceases to shock me. I hope to keep this discrepan ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book touched my heart so deeply and is beyond a doubt, one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories to share with my students. They have often never seen or heard of it , which makes it such a special gift to share with them. To me, it is so much more of what Christmas is about than the standard Santa fare found in every corner of every bookstore. In addition to the beauty of the story, the illustrations, done primarily with collage, are just terrific. I wish this book was still in print, ...more
Cassidy Crawford
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
December is a childrens picture book published in 1997. It tells of a boy and his mom who are practically homeless living in a house made of cardboard and despite the little they have when an old woman comes asking for help they welcome her. This book could serve as a way to talk about the importance of selflessness and to give to others who may be less fortunate. It can also be used in the classroom to talk about the topic of homelessness.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illustrations add beautifully to the story of a homeless mother and son. They are celebrating Christmastime in their cardboard box. There is a knock on the door and an elderly woman asks for shelter for the night.

This is a great story to begin a homelessness discussion with children grades 2 on up.
How have I missed this book for 20 years?! The story and art stand up well and did not disappoint. A story about a homeless boy and his mother who share what little they have. It may be too sophisticated for very young children, but a great picture book for middle grade students can be hard to come by. This is one that is not slap-you-in-the-face sad, but certainly engages the readers emotions.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this with 5th graders just before Christmas. Provides many opportunities for inference, gratitude, and wonderment about miracles and angels!
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story, relevant for today. Beautiful pictures.
Dec 11, 2019 added it
Perfect book for the holidays for second and third graders. Discusses homelessness and hope at a level that children can understand.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So much to talk about with my fourth graders. They loved the art and the story itself made my cross-the-faiths class comment.
Lynn  Davidson
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story of giving and sharing out of one's own need, and entertaining angels unawares. Wonderfully illustrated. ...more
I read this for the 2020 book riot challenge task. This is a pretty rough kids story of homeless people at Xmas. It end with very Christian overtones.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was very cool. I liked the pictures.
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is written from the perspective of a child. His father is no longer around and he and his mother live in a cardboard house. On Christmas Eve, a woman comes and asks if she can stay, they allow her to come and sleep in their home. They give to this woman the little they have to give and in the morning she is gone. After this the luck of the family begins to change and the mother gets a job and they move to an apartment. The child attributes all of this to the woman being their angel. Th ...more
Hailey Harmon
December is a book about a boy and his mother who live in a cardboard box. It's Christmas eve and they have only 2 cookies and a small tree. When a woman arrives to their box, they give the woman a place to stay and even give her one of their cookies. A year has gone by and the boy and mother have found an apartment, they still hang the flower hair pin given to them by the woman on their tree.

This book is a Folklore revolving around Christmas
This book would be appropriate for children 7-12
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simon and his mom don't have much--the cardboard house they built for themselves, a tiny Christmas tree, and a picture of an angel pinned to one wall. On Christmas Eve they take in a frail stranger who needs a place to keep warm, and the next morning Simon wakes early to find that the woman has vanished. Instead, he sees December, the angel from the picture, with her wings fanned out over their cardboard house. Could she be real?

Homlessness - such a serious topic for a Christmas book. I am waiti
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about the true meaning of Christmas. Simon and his mother live on the streets in a home they fashioned from cardboard boxes. On Christmas Eve a woman knocks on their "door", and although they have so little, Simon and his mother share what they do have. In the morning the woman is mysteriously gone leaving Simon to wonder who she was.

For a teaching moment I ask my students to close their eyes and picture their homes and their own bedroom...and imagine Simons world. It's a less
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A homeless mother and her son spend a Christmas Eve in a cardboard home they have fashioned with newspaper walls. A scavenged Christmas tree and a calendar angel provide a magical night wherein the two share what they have with another homeless woman. The woman is gone in the morning and the son has a vision which could be a miracle of the calendar angel come to life in the old woman who stayed with them.

The Reading Countess
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Chosen by me to teach voice, but enjoyed for a plethora of other reasons, Bunting's beautiful story about the true meaning of Christmas springs alive through the interesting artwork. Man's humanity towards his fellow man is what separates us from animals; but this lack of humanity is what is sadly missing in our day-to-day lives. Bunting gently reminds us of what is truly important through the voice of a young child. Gorgeous.

Highly recommended
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
This is a stark look at poverty and the true meaning of generosity, kindness and love at Christmas time. I recommend reading this to children as Christmas approaches, to show that the meaning of the season is not about the materialism in the stores or on tv. I really enjoyed this story and the illustrations are wonderful too.
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
People seems to LOVE Eve Bunting, but this wasn't our favorite of her books. My 3-year old was a little perplexed by the Christmas message in this book, which is actually really nice. He was more interested in why the green cookie didn't get eaten and if the mom would share it with the boy the next day... ...more
Debbie K
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another one of my must-reads to the elementary students that come to my library during the Christmas season. I don't care how many times they've heard it or if they are a child or an adult, there is never a sound made while I read this story. My daughter, knowing how much I love this book, even made me my own 3-D model of the scene on Christmas morning! ...more
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Also known as Evelyn Bolton and A.E. Bunting.

Anne Evelyn Bunting, better known as Eve Bunting, is an author with more than 250 books. Her books are diverse in age groups, from picture books to chapter books, and topic, ranging from Thanksgiving to riots in Los Angeles. Eve Bunting has won several awards for her works.

Bunting went to school in Ireland and grew up with storytelling. In Ireland, “The

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