Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Homeschool Reading Corner: The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

As full of wonder as Christmas itself, this is a story that will not long be forgotten, one that will be read and treasured for many Christmases to come. A woodcarver's broken and bitter heart warms to the spirit of the season, when he is approached by a widow who asks him to carve a new creche in time for Christmas--and allow her young son to watch. Full color.

This was such a sweet story. One that I'd looked at so many times in my trips to the library, but didn't pick up until just recently.

All this month we've been doing studies on Christmas. From the commercial aspect to the religious aspect. From books like The Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin to Spirit Child: A Story of the Nativity which was translated from the Aztec by John Bierhorst.

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey was a wonderful story. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. We watched as Jonathan went from grumbling and groaning when the widow knocked on his door with her son in tow to him jumping at the sound of the knock and being excited to see them both. We watched his heard heart melt and begin to heal the more time he spends with the two of them and we find that he's not necessarily "Mr. Gloomy" at all. That there is real pain in his life that he just can't seem to get past. At least not in the beginning.

I loved reading this. To both of my girls. And I definitely suggest it for anyone else looking for something wonderful to read to your kids.

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