Book Title: The Living Christmas Tree by Kristin Sponaugle
Category: Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Book
Release date: September 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-hardback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.
During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.
Kristin Sponaugle was born in Butler, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Kristin had always dreamed of becoming an author, and made that dream a reality with her two published children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, and playing with her Maltese dog, Rosie. Kristin lives with her husband, daughter, and Rosie, and resides wherever the Air Force sends them.
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It’s so hard to pick just one! I love attending the Christmas Eve service at my church with my family. After the service is over, we drive around town looking at Christmas lights.
I actually have quite a few! The majority of the ornaments are based on real ornaments that hung on my childhood Christmas tree. The Nativity scene under the tree is also based off of the Nativity scene I grew up with. But most importantly, the main character, Hannah, is named after my daughter!
Just keep writing and reading! Write down any ideas you have – a character description you like, a storyline, a title, anything! I also recommend reading as it will keep your imagination going and expose you to different writing styles and genres.
The Living Christmas Tree differs from the rest because it brings the focus to a different part of Christmas – the tree itself. Our Christmas trees often twinkle brightly in the background of holiday stories, but rarely takes the center stage. I also think it has a magical twist with the ornaments coming to life at night, encouraging the reader to see the beauty of our smallest decorations.
That’s a good question! I published my first two children’s books, The Princess Puppy and The Living Christmas Tree, less than a year apart, so it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I have a few ideas in mind that I’m really excited about, so hopefully those will get published in the near future!
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