Mary Quattlebaum


The Shine Man - A Christmas Story

This is a handsome book with evocative paintings that capture the despair of hard times as well as the human impulse toward generosity and hope. -- Booklist

"Not Just for Children Anymore" list 2002
Children's Book Council

"Best Picture Book" list
ForeWord Magazine

The Shine Man

ISBN 0802851819

Picture Book for ages 4 and up

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The Story

During the hard times of 1932, a poor shoeshine man gives a child his cap, gloves, and an angel made from a spool--and receives a wonderful gift in return. This is a story about the power of giving--even when there isn't much to give. Beautiful art by an award-winning illustrator.

Writing Games

The idea for The Shine Man grew out of stories my dad would tell of his childhood during the Depression. What stories do your parents and grandparents like to tell? Maybe together you can write one down. Perhaps you can make copies and give it as a special holiday gift to your whole family.