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Book Title: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey|
The author of the book: Susan Wojciechowski
Edition: Tommy Nelson
Date of issue: September 6th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780849976827
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 462 KB
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I found this book at a school book sale years and years ago. I read it while standing there and knew I had to buy it when I found years in my eyes at the end. So lovely!
This is the story of Jonathan Toomey -- a man the village children call Mr. Gloomy. Jonathan is a wonderful wood carver, but a very sad man -- for good reason. He has lost his wife and child to illness.
One day, a widow and her son come to Jonathan with a special request. While moving into the village, they had lost a precious Christmas heirloom: A nativity set carved for the woman by her grandfather when she was a young girl. Could Jonathan carve her another in time for Christmas?
As the days go by, the widow and her son visit Jonathan to bring him the gifts of food, tea and companionship while he works. The boy helps Jonathan by describing the pieces as only an eight-year-old can. As the days go by and as Jonathan works on each of the pieces of the nativity set, his heart begins to heal.
The book ends happily, and even though I've read it many times, still brings a tear to my eye.
The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful and enrich an already beautiful story!
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Read information about the authorSusan Wojciechowski was a children's librarian for many years. "Every December," she says, "I read the same two or three classic Christmas stories aloud to the children. I tried to find another one I wanted to read and couldn't. So I wrote THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY. I've never written anything that way before. It just came through me in a flood of inspiration and was finished in less than an hour." THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY proved an enormous success, selling out its first printing long before Christmas Day. In addition, it won numerous honors, including the Christopher Award for "affirming the highest values of the human spirit" and Britain's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal, and was a finalist for a National Book Award.
Following the success of THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEY, Susan Wojciechowski wrote the acclaimed middle-grade novel BEANY (NOT BEANHEAD)! This time, inspiration came when she was in bed with a cold. "Beany just stayed there, and by the time I was well, the stories were written," she says. Beany has since had more adventures in BEANY AND THE MAGIC CRYSTAL and BEANY AND THE DREADED WEDDING, both of which were honored with a Parents' Choice Gold Award, and more recently, BEANY GOES TO CAMP and BEANY AND THE MEANY.
Along with the time she spends writing, Susan Wojciechowski makes many visits to schools, where she shows slides and talks about her books and her own life. Among the information she shares with children is the fact that, like many of them, she had no interest in writing when she was growing up. "In regard to writing for children, I like to create realistic kid role models," she says, "like Beany, who is not perfect, but tries hard." A native of Rochester, New York, Susan Wojciechowski now lives in Pennsylvania with her husband.
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