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Publisher's Summary

In this heartwarming novel, Greg Kincaid, the best-selling author of A Dog Named Christmas, revisits the early life of one of that book’s protagonists and brings us a holiday tale of redemption, hope, and forgiveness.
It’s 1962, and as Christmas approaches, so does one of the worst snow and ice storms in Kansas history. Without utilities and emergency services, it is a dangerous time for the residents of Cherokee County. For the McCray family, it is even worse. Big Bo McCray is the county road maintainer, and it is his duty to keep the roads clear—but all tasks seem more difficult to Bo and his wife, Cora, due to the recent death of their only son, John.
Losses begin to pile up for the family like the snow on their rural roads. John’s wife and two daughters move off the McCray family farm and return to Minnesota, leaving the youngest member of the family, 13-year-old George, behind with his grandparents. Young George has been hit hard by his father’s death and hangs on to the farm, the only thing left to connect him to his father. As George retreats into his grief, Bo and Cora’s focus shifts to their struggling grandson.
Then, when an alcoholic neighbor does a stint in the county jail, someone must care for his dog, Tucker, an Irish Setter. Tucker comes to the McCrays with his own pain, yet learns to trust George as boy and dog form a bond that helps George begin to deal with his grief and helps him take the first steps into manhood.
©2010 Greg Kincaid (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"This simple but strong story celebrates the beauty of everyday things, the power of love and humility, the singular grace that is a good dog, and the mysterious ability of that grace to transform the human heart. A perfect Christmas read." (Dean Koontz)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Debbie on 12-02-14

Snow Days on the Farm

What an absolutely wonderful story in every way . . . 1962 in Kansas with the worst snow storm imaginable . . . Young George McCray is living on the farm with his grandparents, Bo and Cora, after his dad was killed earlier that year in a tractor accident . . . his mother and sisters moved to Minnesota, where her parents live, leaving George to have more time at the family dairy farm where they had all built their lives for many years . . . Bo and Cora, having lost their only child, John, George's father, in the accident, are comforted by having George with them. When an alcoholic neighbor goes to jail, he asks them to watch his dog (Tucker) while he is gone, and Tucker becomes a quick friend to George. The harsh winter is full of grown up lessons for George, who has to learn to get up at 4:30 am to do the milking BEFORE school. This is one of the best family books I've ever come across . . . not just a dog story . . . not just a Christmas story . . . a fabulous story . . . period.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Author Abbie Johnson Taylor on 12-23-12

Boy Meets Dog; Boy Loses Dog; Boy Gets Dog

What made the experience of listening to Christmas with Tucker the most enjoyable?

The narrator's way of giving characters distinct voices and making them come alive made this listening experience most enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Christmas with Tucker?

The most memorable part of the book is when George and Tucker meet for the first time. George, a thirteen-year-old kid, is skeptical of Tucker, an Irish setter who has been tied up in his neighbor's yard, because he thinks the dog is vicious, but when his grandfather brings the dog home after the neighbor is arrested for some alcohol-related offense, Tucker proves George wrong.

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I said before, this narrator gives each character his/her own voice and makes him/her come alive.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had no extreme reactions to this book, but it was definitely a worthwhile read.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a heartwarming coming of age story about a boy and his dog.

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