The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Hardcover – Oct 2 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
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
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Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Wojciechowski tells a beautiful story. She weaves her words in a masterful way that will certainly engage a childï¿½s 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.
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
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.
The book is beautifully illustrated and has become a modern Christmas classic.
Most recent customer reviews
Read a chapter nightly to my 5 year old during Christmas season... was a terrific book!!! Very meaningful <3Published 17 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 18 months ago by A.D.
excellent story and my grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed itPublished 20 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