The daughter helps bring Christmas to the 2 children as the mother isn't able too.
An interesting story of an 11 year old girl whose mother is a doctor in Nebraska in the late 1800s, called out on Christmas Day to deliver a baby.
"On the Nebraska prairie in 1880, eleven-year-old Emma finds a way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas while her mother, a midwife, delivers a baby on Christmas Eve." That mislead me to believe the girl was alone with other family members and celebrating Christmas prairie-style. I wasn't interested in the birth or the two siblings anxious about it, so it went from what I thought was a lighthearted tale something like Little House on the Prairie to a way-to-mature experience with childbirth that kids would be averse to. Kids, especially ones reading picture books, do not need to be exposed to the horrors of having babies. I thought it was odd how it took them an hour to reach the family's house, because they had a horse. The family got one side and the animals the other, and the animals could look into the home through the "half-open doors." I had no idea what that looked like, had never heard of a structure like this and didn't get to see a picture of it until 19 pages later. It was 2 a.m. when they got to their house, and the family's Christmas tree was unfinished. They heard their mom groan and that was when Emma realized that Hansie and Will's Christmas wasn't going any better than hers. Emma told them he likes apples and just takes one and gives it to him without asking. She got rice, cinnamon, sugar, salt and raisins, and Hansie said "Porridge" and Emma corrected her by saying "Christmas porridge." I don't think corrected was the right word, because it sounded like the girl had done something wrong, and she didn't. Emma decided to sang to distract them from the sounds, but the kids didn't know the words to Silent Night. I don't think mentioning cigars is good in a kid's book either, and wow, what resourceful decorations. John Cooper, the man that had come to Emma's house to summon her mom, arrived with a plate of cookies and two men, one holding a lamb and its baby and another a goat, which didn't really look like a goat. I was surprised and didn't understand the logistics of his knowing the couple needed help delivering the baby and riding to get the midwife, and him being able to see their light was on. He must be a really close neighbor, which was surprising because it took Emma and her mom an hour to get to their house, so obviously they live nowhere in sight of each other. I didn't find it a good use of my time that I was reading about people staring at each other fretting over the noises they were hearing and the amount of time it was taking to deliver the baby. The only nice thing to happen was that Hansie told Emma she was glad she was there, because she didn't think they were going to have Christmas. Guess it might teach kids to help their parents out, esp if they notice they're tired..Idk. The details went overboard, made the book way longer than it needed to be. Just got to see what the half-open doors leading to the barn looked like, way too far into the story. I don't think it needed to be done like Jesus's birth, because it's just a regular baby and not symbolizing Jesus. I didn't like that Emma gave the baby her scarf. This definitely wasn't the Christmas story on the prairie I was looking for.
I instantly dont like that this is in present tense. This just hit me the wrong way: Mama always goes when someone comes to tell her shes needed. The dad looks like a character from tv, maybe Little House on the Prairie. I wish the girl had a better name than Hansie. That was nice she gave him a hug. Shes the size of the babies, and just has an old-looking face. I was surprised to hear that the mom was going to be walking into the living room. She says the baby will grow into its miles of warmth, as I did, and one day outgrow it, as I have done tonight. I wish this story was about an actual prairie Christmas, instead of a birthing story. Seems like when someone does a story in prairie times, its about birth, or a fire, or tornado or something. I wanted to actually read about traditions from prairie times.
Then she sees the younger siblings and realizes they arent having much of a Christmas either.