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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Gift Set [Hardcover]

Susan Wojciechowski , P.J. Lynch
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Sept. 6 2000 Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley. But he bears a secret sorrow, and never smiles or laughs. When the widow McDowell and her son ask him to carve a creche in time for Christmas, their quiet request leads to a joyful miracle, as they heal the woodcarver's heart and restore his faith.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, by Susan Wojciechowski, beautifully illustrated by P.J. Lynch, and now read by James Earl Jones, reflects the spirit and generosity all people hold in their hearts, especially during the holidays. It's a story for families to read and treasure this and every Christmas season.

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Now with a new cover and new size (8 11/16" x 7 7/8"), The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (1995) by Susan Wojciechowski, illus. by P.J. Lynch, pairs what PW's starred review called an "elegant, poignant" story, about the spiritual reawakening of a bitter man, with richly detailed watercolors of an early-American setting. Ages 6-12.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 4^-9. "Christmas is pish-posh," grumbles Jonathan Toomey, the best wood carver in the valley. He's a Scroogelike recluse; but he's a gentle grouch, it turns out, and he hides a sad secret. He's transformed, not by Dickensian ghosts, but by an eager seven-year-old boy and his widowed mother who ask him to make them a Christmas creche. The story verges on the sentimental, but it's told with feeling and lyricism (he "traveled till his tears stopped" ). Lynch's sweeping illustrations, in shades of wood grain, are both realistic and gloriously romantic, focusing on faces and hands at work before the fire and in the lamplight. In a beautiful, elemental scene, the angry wood carver stands on the threshold of his home, disturbed by the gentle widow and her son who want his help and will transform his life. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
This heartwarming story of how a bitter woodcarver let a widow and her 7-year-old son into his life should be a holiday tradition for all. The boy is lovable and encouraging and he nurtures a spark of Christmas/holiday spirit in the woodcarver. This book is guaranteed to leave many eyes misty. It is truly a work of art and a gift for the heart. I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Feb. 1 2010
This is an absolutely wonderful book, the content of which would appeal to almost any age- the language is simple with some repetition and the overall theme is VERY heartwarming. I read it to a large group of children and adults alike and all listened intently and gave many positive comments after. Although the content is somewhat related to Christmas, it really could be presented at any time. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey with CD: Gift Edition
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I have read this story to many children and each time I read it, my heart opens and my eyes swell with tears for the joy of healing. I cannot recommend this book enough! I have given it to all the young children in my life and will continue to wish it for all and give it to others, large and small. I'm delighted to find it has been reprinted a couple of times since I bought the origional edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one is a keeper Jan. 4 2004
By ardnam
Tender story, exquisitely illustrated. I recommend this book in hardcover because it is classic and definitely a "keeper". Jonathan is a somber man who is touched by deep tragedy. He lost his interest in life until a young widow and her son ease their way into his heart. Very touching story. Children are enthralled with both the story and the illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Christmas story Nov. 6 2003
By A Customer
As the others have reviewed, this story is heartwarming and special. It is a book to be shared with anyone who has a heart, or who needs one. I have encouraged many people to purchase, or at least read this book. No one has been disappointed. This year it will be a gift for my grandson.
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THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TWOMEY is a simple and heartwarming story. The plot is simple enough. Jonathan is lonely and still mourning the loss of his wife and child. The pain of this loss makes it difficult for Jonathan to open up to others. Though many respect his talent as a wood carver, he is mistakenly judged as a miserable and mean spirited person. His life begins to change when a local widow orders a new manger scene and requests that her son watch Jonathan at work since the child hopes to be a woodcarver one day. The boyï¿s simple goodness as well as the magic of the Christmas story begin to have an effect on Jonathan and he is eventually able to accept the love that the mother and her son wish to offer him. The transformation is gradual and therefore rings as authentic.
Ms. Wojciechowski tells a beautiful story. She weaves her words in a masterful way that will certainly engage a childï¿s imagination. An as is the case in many stories labeled for children, the book holds universal truths that will touch an adult heart as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The whole family loved it July 20 2003
By Anne B.
It was hard reading this book to my kids, because it made me cry, but we all loved it.
The book explores the importance of human relationships in giving meaning to life. It also deals with how people recover from loss and overcome adversity.
Despite it's being a children's picture book, it's definitely meaty material. It deals with a world that is not at all like a fairy tale, where people are struggling with real problems. I like that. I like letting kids see that happiness doesn't necessarily come from being a rich person or having everything go right. Happiness comes from working hard and reaching out to others.
I recommend this book most heartily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Delovely. Dec 15 2002
By tvtv3
THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY is a charming book about the nature of patience and grace. Jonathan Toomey is a very sad and gloomy man. His wife and child died very young and he has never gotten over his grief. Children call him Mr. Gloomy, for they fail to see the beauty beneath. One day a young widow and her son show up, asking Toomey to make a nativity scence for them, replacing one they lost when they recently moved to town. Mr. Toomey agrees. His life is forever changed by the act.
The book is beautifully illustrated and has become a modern Christmas classic.
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