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.
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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.See all Product Description
Read a chapter nightly to my 5 year old during Christmas season... was a terrific book!!! Very meaningful <3Published 6 months ago by Sheri
Such a beautiful story. I am slowly collecting good books for next Christmas and I'm sure this will always be a favorite.Published 7 months ago by A.D.
excellent story and my grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed itPublished 9 months ago by Mr Gerard Whyburd
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 morePublished on Feb. 1 2010 by Brian Murphy
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2009 by Pamela J. Holm
Tender story, exquisitely illustrated. I recommend this book in hardcover because it is classic and definitely a "keeper". Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by ardnam
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 morePublished on Nov. 5 2003
Simple in theme, with the beautiful message that appearances can be deceiving, it's marvelous prose. Gorgeously illustrated. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2002 by C. Mae Diff
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