Legend Of The Christmas Stocking: An Inspirational Story Of A Wish Come True Hardcover – Oct 14 2004
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Rick Osborne is a bestselling author and speaker committed to equipping parents, churches, and para-church organizations to reach and teach children.He has been a key contributor in the development of Zonderkidz's Luke 2:52 series, including The Boys' Bible, Bible Heroes & Bad Guys, and Bible Soldiers & Battles, among others.Other books Rick has done with Zonderkidz include The Legend of the Christmas Tree, the Kids' Quest Study Bible, the NIrV Kidreference Library, and the I Want to Know About... series.He has written and co-written over 46 books and been part of the development of over 100 other ministry tools, books and programs, all dedicated to the spiritual development of children.
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In this children's adaptation of the bestselling adult's book of the same title, we're taken back to Victorian times when a young boy named Peter is anxiously awaiting the return of his father's ship. He's also anxiously awaiting the day he can purchase a fine model of that ship, with money he's earned selling newspapers. But Uncle Jim asks: "What if your dad doesn't get back by Christmas? Would you be willing to use the money you saved to buy presents for your family instead?" Peter's is the only available money for Christmas presents, but Peter can't bear the thought of not getting his much longed for model. Can he really sacrifice his own wants for that of his sisters'?
Then Pastor Spring preaches a sermon on giving, telling his congregation the story of St. Nicholas, who knew three young women who could not afford a dowry, and therefore would never be able to marry. Secretly, he tossed bags of gold through two of their windows, ensuring the girls a more pleasant future. With the last girl, the gold lands in her stocking, which has been hung over the fireplace to dry. Pastor Spring says:
"Nicholas served God. He knew that God gave us Jesus, even though we didn't deserve him. When we give, it shows God's love."
Hearing this, Peter asks God to help him be more giving. On Christmas morning, his sisters find gifts in their Christmas stockings, and just as his mother opens the present Peter has given her, Peter's father bursts through the door and presents Peter with the model ship he's so wanted.
What I Like: Children will recognize themselves in this story's protagonist; Peter struggles with his desire to give and his own selfishness, just as most of us do. It's also nice that this book gives a peek at the story of the real Santa Claus. The illustrations by Jim Griffin are beautiful - realistic, compelling, and detailed.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Managing Editor, Christian Children's Book Review
I made the mistake of reading both of these stories back to back, so the discrepancies were pretty obvious. Since this seems to be in the same series, I would have thought that someone would check for these sorts of things ahead before printing.
Other than that gripe, I would recommend this book, as the illustrations are lovely and it's a nice Christmas story to read, since it's based loosely on real events. I think if I had it to do again, I would probably choose one or the other, not both for the reasons above...
In The Legend of the Christmas Stocking you will find out how the Christmas stocking came to be and also the main character, Peter learns the lesson that Christmas is about giving not getting and how he shared with all that he had.
I highly recommend this book to you because it is such an enjoyable read and the pictures are so beautiful. I also love a book that has a message to share and has something to teach us. This will make a lovely addition to your Christmas book collection. I really am glad I got it.
Thank you to Zonderkidz for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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