by Gwen Walker
Miriam has always wanted a dog. But times are hard, and her father’s health problems mean that there’s very little money left for luxuries after feeding the family and paying for medical bills. When her neighbor’s dog has puppies, Miriam spends as much time as she can playing with them, and pretending they are hers. But when tragedy strikes, and only one tiny pup is left alive, it is up to Miriam to find someone to care for him.
As rumors of war and uncertainty make their way into the everyday activities of her little town, Miriam puts her energy into preparing Christmas gifts and surprises for her family and friends. But when her beloved dog, Moses, goes missing, there is little celebration left in Miriam’s heart. It seems only a Christmas miracle can bring back the joy of the season, but how many miracles can one really expect in a single year?
“I find this story charming.”
“A lovely, moving story about a little Girls love for Animals and all around her.”
“Wonderful heartwarming book. A classic tale for sure. A great read for the entire family.”
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CIR: You are not the actual author, but rather you are the granddaughter of the author, publishing this book for her posthumously. Can you tell us what it was like to prepare the book?
SCHMIDT: My favorite part of editing this story and getting it published for her was getting to feel like I “walked in her shoes” for a while. I’ve grown up reading this story, but really diving into the nitty gritty details in the editing, it was like having her there next to me, talking to me again. As the editor/publisher, the hardest part was trying to make sure that the changes I made were absolutely necessary so as not to lose her original intent. It is harder to do that when the author is no longer alive to give their input on any changes or edits that are made.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
SCHMIDT: My favorite character has always been the main character, Miriam. I love the way that her simple interactions with all the people around her change their lives and their hearts for the better. There is a sweetness about how this little girl unconsciously affects the adults in her life.
CIR: What other books, movies or shows might you compare to this story?
SCHMIDT: Where the Red Fern Grows, Old Yeller, The Yearling, Wilderness Champion, Because of Winn-Dixie, Dreamer, Little House on the Prairie
CIR: What themes are addressed in this story?
SCHMIDT: My grandma addressed a lot of deep themes in this story: loss, heartbreak, the importance of telling the truth, forgiveness, restoration of estranged family members, and many more. To borrow from Samwise Gamgee: “That there is good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.” Also, the best miracles are sometimes the smallest ones.