It’s Treat Tuesday! What are you reading…I mean eating?!


It’s Treat Tuesday! What are you reading….I mean eating?!

Tuesday is my favorite day of the week because I get to read….and eat candy! YUM! A huge thank you to Shannon Houghton for the  Treat Tuesday meme picture. Check out her fabulous blog Ms. Houghton’s Class.

Claude the DogClaude the Dog: A Christmas Story by Dick Gackenbach goes well with my favorite Ghirardelli chocolates. The chocolates are sweet and wonderful just like this classic book from the 1970’s.

Okay, I’ve been a fan of Twitter for sometime but last week sealed the deal. I have had some amazing and wonderful things happen to me since I joined Twitter over the last year and a half. But nothing has been as wonderful as the awe inspiring moment that happened to me last week.

It all started when I noticed author Laurel Snyder tweeting with my friend John Schu MrSchuReads about books they adored from childhood. Laurel was talking about a book that she couldn’t track down that she loved from when she was a kid. Well, she tracked it down with help from another person on Twitter.

That got me thinking…..I also had a wonderful memory of a book I loved when I was a kid. The problem was I did not know the name of the book. I just had a vague memory of a book about a a caring dog at Christmas time that gave up his gifts to another dog friend. I typed in some phrases to Google. Nothing. I described the book a little bit more on Twitter. Nothing. I was about to give up….. Then I tried a couple more phrases to describe the book on Google. And Bam! Claude The Dog came up on Amazon! I couldn’t believe it!! I was so excited….that is until I saw the price tag! OUCH! The lowest amount the book was going for was $40 and the highest was $800! EEK!

So I sent out a Tweet about how much I loved the book but the price tag was high…..

Then out of nowhere my amazing and sweet friend Margie Loveofxena said that she had the book!

And then she added that her mother was friends with the author!!  She had a signed copy of Claude The Dog.  (What? Was she serious?) Margie said, “I’m going to send you the book!”

That’s when I lost it….I just started crying. I was overjoyed. Just a few moments ago I had no clue the name of the book I adored.  I had been resigned to the fact I would never find the book. NOW. Well now I was not just receiving a copy of the book. But a signed copy of my favorite book from my childhood.

I thought about reading Claude the Dog….I started crying.

I thought about reading Claude the Dog to my son Sam….I kept crying.

I thought about sharing Claude the Dog with my second grade students and continued to cry.

Bummer and Claude

The beautiful thing is that this book is all about Claude the dog sharing his most important gifts with his friend Bummer- a homeless dog. Claude doesn’t mind because he knows that giving is a wonderful thing. He gives away his possessions freely because he knows he has a family that loves him.


I am happy that Claude the Dog is home with me. But I am overjoyed that I have such a giving and caring person like Margie in my life!  (Thank you Twitter.) She is my Claude. She is the sweetest friend. Can you believe we have never met? But we share the love of books. That joy and love of books has brought us together.  I am so thankful to be a part of such a generous community of book lovers. Claude knows he is a lucky dog. I know how he feels.

Claude love

What people in your life share your love of books? What books continue to touch your heart from your childhood? Are there any books you have tried to track down but haven’t been able to find? Or do you have a success story like mine? I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments section.

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10 Responses to It’s Treat Tuesday! What are you reading…I mean eating?!

  1. Such a beautiful, grateful post! LOVED.

  2. David E. says:

    THAT is awesome

  3. Barb Keister says:

    That is such a great book story! I haven’t heard of Claude the Dog but loved the part you shared. Bet your son loved it too!

  4. Allison Jackson says:

    So glad you wrote about this; Margie certainly deserves it! I was honored to witness this story unfold. It was truly magical! Happy for you, and love to Margie!

  5. I loved watching this happen. Both you and Margie are such awesome Twitter friends. I was so happy for you. A great post, Niki!

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