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The Legend of the Christmas Stocking: An Inspirational Story of a Wish Come True Hardcover – Sep 16 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; R edition (Sept. 16 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310708982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310708988
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 0.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Growing up, Rick Osborne really liked Superman. Superman did what was right, he did cool things that other people couldn’t do, and he never quit. The Bible is full of great Superman-type stories where God helps good guys battle evil guys with his awesome supernatural help. By telling these stories, Rick loves to help boys see the real-life superhero that God wants each of them to be. Rick lives with his family up north in Canada, closer to where Superman built his fortress.

Jim Griffin, illustrator and award-winning artist, studied at the renowned Pratt Institute. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and can be found in prestigious private collections.

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This is a pretty good book and I do like the way it summarizes the legend of the stockings. The only thing that I really didn't care for is how, after the boy in the story learns a nice lesson about giving unselfishly to other, he ends up being given the toy of his dream anyway. While I'm sure that is really great for him, it sort of takes away something from the story for me.
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One of my daughters has the tradition of a new Christmas Themed book every Christmas.....the first was the Legend of the Snowflake. She plans to add to her 'collection' and enrich the experiences of her Family each year.
We recommend these books to everyone!
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Wonderful story - gave it in a Christmas stocking
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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One of the keys to Christmas is generosity, and "The Legend of the Christmas Stocking" by Rick Osborne is a great way to emphasize this with our children.

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.

Kristina Seleshanko
Managing Editor, Christian Children's Book Review
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3ec9ed0) out of 5 stars A wonderful Christmas story Oct. 11 2005
By Mikal - Published on
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This is such a sweet, classic book with a wonderful lesson weaved throughout it. It blends fiction and history together seemlessly and provides children with a better understanding of what Christmas really means.

Highly recommended!!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c67324) out of 5 stars Sharing Christmas Stories March 15 2009
By grandmadaley - Published on
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I sent this book to my grandchildren a couple of states away. It's a Christmas ritual that I send several Christmas books for's more fun for me than for them I think. I got raving reviews from all of them. The children are 6,4,and 2. They wanted mommy and daddy to read it over and over again. I was so pleased they enjoyed it so much!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c6730c) out of 5 stars Lovely book, but there are discrepancies between this one and another one in the same series... Dec 5 2013
By Ireland Mom - Published on
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We purchased this on here during a search for some new Christmas books. It's lovely and we all liked it...however, there are some inconsistencies with the other book in this series "The Legend of St. Nicholas". It was immediately noticed by both of my older children (ages 7 and 6). In this one, Nicholas throws the money in through the window at three different times, and the last one lands in a stocking. In the other one, Nicholas throws the money in all at the same time, in three different bags, and the window isn't open, so he throws it down the chimney...the other noticeable difference is that in this one, Nicholas finds out about the three sisters needing the dowry by talking to their father. In the other one, he finds out from the youngest sister, who is clearly made out to be his friend in that book, as he's talking to them about what to do with the money that his parents left him. In this book, Nicholas is a grown man when he leaves the money (after talking to the father of the girls). In the other book, he is just a boy...looks like a teenager, and is talking to other children as friends...anyway, this sort of thing is a tad disappointing, but it is otherwise a good book.
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...
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c676cc) out of 5 stars Fantastic book for your young children! June 9 2011
By Trinity Rose - Published on
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This book, The Legend of the Christmas Stocking, is amazing. I was just searching through children's books and it sounded fantastic. For being a small book the story is really deep and inspiring. I love board books because they will last forever and many generations will be able to enjoy them.
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