Tomas, a young native boy, is staying with the reserve nurse while his parents go to check on their cattle. It is a very harsh, cold winter, and although they have promised to return in time for Christmas, they haven't appeared by Christmas Eve.
Tomas falls asleep and dreams of a candle so large that it lights up the night sky. When he awakes he finds that his dream has helped his parents find their way home.close this panel
Jean Speare is the author of A Candle for Christmas. She lives in British Columbia.
Ann Blades is one of Canada's leading illustrators. She has received many awards, including the Governor General's Award for A Salmon for Simon, which also received the Canadian Library Association's Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award. Ann lives in Surrey, British Columbia.close this panel
...a thoroughly Canadian Christmas story.
Ann Blades' paintings are wonderful!