From Press Reports
Area author Whitney White has released her newest children’s book, “Who Left Jesus in the Box?”
“This book is unique just like my first book, ‘Don’t Swallow the Baby Jesus,’ because it features my family as the characters and the illustrations were made to look just like us,” said White, of Big Creek and formerly of Eupora.
In this story Aaron gets wrapped up in the material things of Christmas and when he approaches his brothers to tell them they have to get in the bed so Santa can come, he finds that they have been playing with the nativity for hours WITHOUT the baby Jesus.
Aaron’s parents have to explain to him that he has actually done the same thing in that he has been trying to celebrate Christmas without Christ. In the end the family begins a new tradition by throwing Jesus a happy birthday party.
“This is actually a tradition we do every year to keep our perspective and focus on Jesus because it is so easy and so much fun to consume ourselves with the material things of Christmas,” White said.
Her first book sold more than 2,600 copies in two months last year — before its actual release date.
“I give all of the honor and glory to God for these books,” White said. “Without him there would be no Christmas, I would have no children, and therefore I would have no stories to tell.
“I have a passion to write children’s Christmas books because I feel that there should be more books about Jesus at Christmastime. You can find plenty of books about Santa, the reindeer (and) snowmen, but books about Jesus are actually very limited. I want my children to read books with meaning and I want them to know exactly why we celebrate Christmas.”
White, who is from Booneville, graduated from Northeast Mississippi Community College and then Mississippi State University with a degree in special education with a concentration in English.
She married Matthew White of Big Creek and is now a stay-at-home with her sons, ages 4, 3 and 1, while also co-owning Trades to Treasures in Calhoun City. “Who Left Jesus in the Box?” features the Whites’ youngest son, whereas the first book only had the two older boys.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase from 2:30-6 p.m. today at the Choctaw County Library’s Holiday Open House.
White will be at Polka Tots in Starkville at 10 a.m. Saturday for a Happy Birthday Jesus Party where cake will be served. She will read the book to the children and then be available to sign books afterward.
“Who Left Jesus in the Box?” is available at Murphy Drug & Gifts and Chillin’ ’n Childs in Eupora. Books may also be ordered online at www.tatepublishing.com.