Friday, October 23, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Papa's Book of Mormon Christmas by Emma Rae Parker

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Papa's Book of Mormon Christmas, by Emma Rae Parker; Illustrated by Alexa Terry Hanson
2015, 32p, LDS Children's Christmas Picture Book
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Six-year-old Alice would rather get toys than a book any day. But when her grandfather explains that this book is different, Alice begins to see why their first-edition Book of Mormon is so special to her family. Set in the early 1900s, this charming story is the perfect picture book to read with your family as you gather round the Christmas tree.

Alice is an active, sweet six-year-old. She asks her Papa to tell her a story. He tries but she keeps interrupting him, haha. He is finally able to catch her attention and tells her a story about the book that saved Christmas. She's not too impressed with that gift and states that she would rather receive toys. While they're frosting cookies, he's able to hold her attention long enough to tell her the story about the night he met Nephi and how this special book helped him through a rough Christmas. She's enthralled and receives her own special gift that Christmas.

Alice and her Papa have a great relationship. He's patient with her and she loves to hang out and have fun with him. Their conversations were realistic as she was pretty focused on toys and needed to be drawn into his story. This book is only about Alice and her Papa. It seemed a little strange to me that there was no mention of her parents and that they weren't there on Christmas Day, either. 

The illustrations are bright and fun and bring the story to life. This is a book I'm excited to share with my children this Christmas season. I love how simple Christmas was and the excitement of a book for a gift. I do generally give my children books for Christmas and they love them. Usually. ;) This is a book that the entire family will enjoy reading together!

About the author:
Emma Parker graduated summa cum laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in English and Creative Writing. She was born and raised in Southern California and currently lives in Utah to work her dream job as an acquisitions editor for a publishing company. “Papa’s Book of Mormon Christmas” is her first book. You can learn more about Emma at

About the illustrator:
Alexa Terry Hanson is a true-blue California girl born in Chico, California. She discovered her talents at a young age, and as the years went by, her skills continued to develop. After a few years of college, she returned home and fell in love with her husband. They currently live in California, where she has had many experiences and opportunities as a freelance artist with companies such as TOMS Shoes and Disney Television Animation Studios. Every day she continues to create new characters and new worlds using her artistic talents, and she could not be happier.


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