A young boy and his abuelo push aside their Christmas preparation to rescue a beautiful cardinal during a blizzard. The bird quickly responds to their kindness, regains it strength, and flies off. The cardinal sweetly and unexpectedly rewards the boy, his grandfather, and their entire village with a lifetime of Christmas cheer. The For Creative Minds section contains instructions to create a bird-friendly backyard, simple bird feeder crafts, a Cardinal Numbers math game, and information on what to do if you find an injured bird. Encourages children to care for animals.