The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
|October 31, 2015||Posted by admin under Children's Lit, Christmas, Fiction, Young Readers|
Written by Susan Wojciechowski
Illustrated by P.J. Lynch
Published by Candlewick Press
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
One day, a widow and her son approach a very talented (but reclusive) woodcarver with a request to create the nativity scene before Christmas Day. And from this rather ordinary request begins an extraordinary journey of hope and healing for both the widow, her son and the woodcarver, Jonathan Toomey. Sometimes life can be challenging and sad but when you are willing to open your heart to the unimaginable, magic can happen. Join Jonathan, Ms. McDowell, and Thomas as they quietly and unexpectedly find joy again through the eyes of a child and the hands of a carver.
This 20th Anniversary Edition is full of beautiful illustrations that are very depictive of a quieter time. And you can see the story advancing through the pictures as sadness slowly turns to joy. The author is a wonderful storyteller as she presents a tale of love and loss and healing during one of the most magical times of the year. This is a touching story with an important message and is suitable for children between the ages of 6 and 9 (but older children and adults can certainly enjoy this magical little book too).
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