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Christmas with Tucker by Greg Kincaid

Christmas with Tucker

by Greg Kincaid

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This has become one of my favorite holiday books. The story of the McCray family and their problems is set in Kansas in 1962. A family that knows what is important in life. ( )
  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
Dog-gone cute story about plowing ahead ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Dog-gone cute story about plowing ahead ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Coming of age story with a 13-year-old boy on a 1960's Kansas farm. After the recent loss of his father, George must take on a adult-sized responsibilities on his grandfather's farm. He is also taking care of a neighbor's dog, Tucker.

Sweet, slow-paced story with an old-fashioned feel.
  SugarCreekRanch | Dec 29, 2012 |
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 dies and when an old friend of his father’s ends up in jail George takes in his dog Tucker the two bond like crazy and the last thing George wants to do is give Tucker back.

This one is about so much more than Tucker though; it is about community, grief, healing and hard work. You see flashes of the man that George becomes, as George grows throughout the book into a man who needs to help out even if other people think he is too young but when conditions go from bad to worse George really steps up and I think this was the beginning of him being a pillar in the community since we know he grew up and inherited the farm from his grandparents.

The storm was almost a character in the book and it made me think of the blizzard of ’66 (I personally don’t remember this storm) but if you bring it up during coffee hour at any café in ND you will hear story after story about it, also being from ND I was able to truly envision the obstacles a road maintainer and farmer goes through when this kind of a storm hits.

Again we have Mark Bramhall narrating and as with the other books I can’t image anyone else being as perfect a narrator for these as he is!

Greg Kincaid just writes the truth I have enjoyed these down to earth true to life books and I look forward to more books from this author.

4 Stars ( )
  susiesharp | Dec 18, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307589633, Hardcover)

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 courage.

It is the winter of 1962, and Kansas is hit with one of the worst blizzards in its history. It is during this cruel season that twelve-year-old George is called upon to endure more than even most grown men could withstand—the death of his father and the upkeep of the family farm that is his legacy.

When his mother and sisters leave for Minnesota, George has only his grandparents and the companionship of Tucker, an Irish setter, to help him persevere through these most difficult challenges. Can he find the strength to walk the road that leads to healing, finding his true self and ultimately becoming a man? A coming-of-age story for readers of all ages, Christmas with Tucker is a classic Christmas story about a young man’s love for his dog, his family, and his farm.

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Kincaid's prequel to the sleeper hit "A dog named Christmas" tells the story of George, a young boy dealing with the loss of his father, and the dog that comes into his life to offer him a ray of hope and courage.

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