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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

Candle for Christmas /tp

by (author) Jean Speare

illustrated by Ann Blades

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 1991
Christmas & Advent
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 1991
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 2 to 5


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.

About the authors

Jean Speare is the author of A Candle For Christmas. She lives in British Columbia.

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Ann Blades is one of Canada’s leading illustrators. Her distinctive watercolors appear in many children’s books, including A Salmon for Simon, which won the Governor General’s Award for Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award; By the Sea: An Alphabet Book, which won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award; and A Dog Came, Too by Ainslie Manson. She is also the author and illustrator of Mary of Mile 18, for which she won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. Ann returned to teaching in 2001 and now teaches kindergarten at an inner-city school in Surrey, British Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews

...a thoroughly Canadian Christmas story.

Globe and Mail

Ann Blades' paintings are wonderful!

Canadian Press

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