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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Miracle Dec 26 2001
Jonathan Toomey is a sad and lonely man, living alone in the little village after his wife and little baby child died. Nobody talks to him, and he wants nobody. But then, one day a widow and her seven years old son come to see him, asking if he can make them a manger with all the traditional Christmas figures. The little boy, Thomas, loves to watch Jonathan when he works, and Thomas' mother brings small gifts in her very silent way, while Jonathan is working. In a beautiful told story Jonathan Toomey is helped by Thomas and his mother to look at his grief and by that he is helped through it.
Perfect for anybody who has lost somebody, and also perfect for anybody else as a Christmas story.
I am very happy to have this book, with the beautiful illustrations of P.J.Lynch in my growing collection of Christmas books.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
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5.0 out of 5 stars A top ten list christmas book Dec 7 1998
I have read a lot of books for my kids, and this is one of the best ever. The graphichs are breathtaking. The book can be read to the kids in about half an hour to 45 minutes. Unusually, they will be silent for that period of time. They will listen carefully and admire the beautiful pictures. My wife asked me to read this book the first time. The only time I had to be silent for a while was when I (on the last page) finally realized the meaning of something mentioned on the first page. I could not read for about one minute, trying to control my emotions. I explained to my kids that I needed to take couple of deep breaths and finished the book with tears trickling. A very unusual book.
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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 Wonderful, heartwarming book!!! Nov. 17 2002
By A Customer
I still read this book to my children every year and they are 14 & 18 years old. This is a wonderful book about the meaning of Christmas, and renewal of a human spirit. A widow with a small boy asks the town woodcarver to make a duplicate of the nativity set she had lost. Her little boy wants to watch the carver at work, and as he works, the little boy describes how each piece is supposed to look. From happy sheep,and a proud cow, to the important angel, smiling baby, and loving Mary, Thomas describes each of the figures, and the woodcarver captures the qualities. I have alump in my throat by the end every time I read it. You will cherish this book, I guarantee.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pass by this gem! Nov. 29 2001
I'm a writer/editor that is always on the lookout for great books for my three kids (7, 11, 14). I don't even remember where I found this one, but it's my ALL TIME favorite Christmas story. It's got enough religion to keep the Christians happy, but the real message here is the miracle of the wonderful connections we can make with each other. I haven't met anyone who doesn't love this book. Do your family a favor and BUY IT NOW! It will become a tradition in your house, but be warned: you won't get through it without puddling up, and that, my friends, is a good thing. It really is. Merry Christmas to you all...
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2010 by Brian Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificant story for healing and opening of the heart
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! Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2009 by Pamela J. Holm
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is a keeper
Tender story, exquisitely illustrated. I recommend this book in hardcover because it is classic and definitely a "keeper". Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by ardnam
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Christmas story
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A true miracle
Simple in theme, with the beautiful message that appearances can be deceiving, it's marvelous prose. Gorgeously illustrated. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2002 by Carol Diffenderfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Story
This is a heartwarming story of the power of children to warm and open broken hearts. A good story to read to children every Christmas.
Published on Dec 5 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey - the best book
This is a beautiful story. The author did a reading/slide show of this book at our school several years ago. Read more
Published on Dec 4 2002 by Yelgnit
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
This is a wonderful Christmas book for children and adults. An endearing story that is beautifully illustrated. Thoroughly enjoyable. Pass it on.
Published on Dec 20 2001 by Priscilla
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