Start a new holiday tradition this year with a delightful new tale written by Judith Vicary Swisher and illustrated by Molly Mann! The Last Ornament makes its’ debut just in time for the season, offering families a new perspective on their most cherished Christmas ornaments that adorn their tree year after year. This is such a darling story that is told from the ornaments’ point of view, as they become excited about their special role during the holidays and get caught up in the festivities.

All too soon, Christmas Day has come and gone, and it is time to pack up the ornaments, wrap them delicately and place them in their proper boxes – but wait! The family’s beloved ornament, Little Blue Engine, has gone missing, and the ornaments work together to alert the family that the train has not been packed away with the others. Will the “last ornament” be found in time?

After reading this story to your children, Judith Vicary Swisher recommends taking the “Last Ornament” challenge. This is a fantastic way to involve the children in taking down the tree and ornaments, which is not usually as exciting as decorating the tree and home in preparation for the holidays. The helper who finds the almost-missed last ornament is the winner and receives a special treat, such as being excused from a chore or getting to choose what is for dinner that evening.

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