The Christmas Poodle
Life is going along pretty normally for Thomas – well, as normal as a life can be for a fifth-grade boy with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Though he struggles with pain and mobility issues, what Thomas wants most of all is to be ordinary. Then on a beautiful brisk day in November, he learns that all the fifth-grade classes in his school will be producing competing plays as part of the school Christmas pageant. The winning class will receive a beautiful trophy and, most importantly, a pizza party. The problem is, Thomas doesn’t like being seen or getting any attention at all. Consequently, he wants to make sure he doesn’t have to be on stage in front of the school. Just when things can’t get any worse, Thomas learns that his parents have arranged for him to have a service dog. Thomas doesn’t want to stand out as the only kid in school with a dog. As Thomas struggles with the Christmas pageant, the idea of a service dog, and his lack of confidence – the unthinkable happens. Now only Thomas can give his classmates a shot at winning the pageant. Can Thomas overcome his fears and his disability to do what he must? Read this book to find out who (or what) The Christmas Poodle is and what happens to Thomas.
This book is aimed at kids aged 9-12. The book will help kids to understand the daily challenges of children suffering from chronic pain and mobility issues – especially those diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. But Thomas has a more significant problem – his insecurities. Any child who wants to fit in and feel “normal” will relate to Thomas and his struggles. This book deals with Christian beliefs and includes references to Bible verses.