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A Small Miracle
     

A Small Miracle

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by Peter Collington
 

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The wooden figures in a Christmas crèche come to life to save a poor old woman in this truly original, deeply moving contemporary parable. Told with 96 pictures by Peter Collington, the master of the wordless story, this is a Christmas treasure the entire family can enjoy.

In the Publishers Weekly 12th Annual Off-the-Cuff Awards, booksellers chose A Small

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The wooden figures in a Christmas crèche come to life to save a poor old woman in this truly original, deeply moving contemporary parable. Told with 96 pictures by Peter Collington, the master of the wordless story, this is a Christmas treasure the entire family can enjoy.

In the Publishers Weekly 12th Annual Off-the-Cuff Awards, booksellers chose A Small Miracle as the Book We’re Sorriest to See Go Out of Print. Knopf is proud to reintroduce this picture book classic–priced $2 lower than the original–just in time for Christmas.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a Christmas miracle like no other, with such richness in image and story that children will return to it again and again" (Booklist, starred review).

"Without a doubt the most original Christmas book of the year not the least because of its surprising yet, in context, fitting combination of the devout and the surreal."—The Horn Book, starred review

"The story is sweet, simple and wordless. The illustrations are intricate enough to warrant reading this one over and over."—American Bookseller

"...an upbeat story to treasure for this and many Christmases to come."—School Library Journal

“In a series of meticulously crafted panels, Collington poignantly relates the wordless story of a penniless old woman whose good turn is rewarded–she rescues the village church’s nativity scene from a vandal–when the figurines come to life and save her.”–Publishers Weekly, Starred

Publishers Weekly
Also back in print, Peter Collington's 1997 A Small Miracle wordlessly tells of an impoverished old woman who restores the church's vandalized creche; when she falls in the snow, the figures come to life and rescue her. PW's starred review praised the "skillful blend of fantasy and realism."
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
An old woman, penniless and hungry, leaves her tiny home to trudge through the snow into town, where she tries to earn some money playing her accordion for busy shoppers. Unsuccessful, she must pawn her accordion. Tragedy strikes, but even in her despair she tries to right a wrong she has witnessed. This leads to the small miracle of the title. This wordless book conveys many strong emotions-resignation, despair, fear and joy. Reviewing the tale could spark discussion of the true meaning of Christmas and our responsibility for others.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3With gentle touches of humor, Collington weaves his wordless magic once more in this delicately painted story of kindness rewarded. An old woman, living alone in a trailer, spends her days playing an accordion on the street for money. But times are especially difficult, even in this middle-class town. Desperate, she sells her accordion for cash, only to have it stolen by a masked bandit who then pilfers the poor box from the local church and vandalizes its manger scene. Intercepting the thief, the woman is able to return the money and does her best to set the scene to rights. Then, exhausted and hungry, she collapses in the snow. The manger figures come to life and take her home, where they all pitch in to see that she has her accordion back and that she has food. It's all part of the miracle that none of the merchants or townspeople are at all surprised at the sight of the small figures making deals at the pawn shop or prowling the aisles at the supermarket. Collington's finely detailed paintings vividly portray the old woman's surprise and delight at what awaits her that Christmas morning. Panels and boxes of various sizes add variety to the pages. Outdoor scenes are done in muted tones with lots of ice blue that contrast against the vivid colors of the Nativity figures' clothing. In spite of the serious subject, this is an upbeat story to treasure for this and many Christmases to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375871504
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
125,480
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Collington is the author and illustrator of several highly acclaimed books for children. The Chicago Tribune praised him as a “master of wordless picture books.”

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Small Miracle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had been given many signs, for years, that Christ was who I should believe in, pray to, and follow, but I never let Him in. Through the course of many events, I moved closer and closer to God. I read this book to my children one night and cried and cried at the love this man has given the world. This has been the most moving book of my life. The next day, I invited Jesus into my heart. Get this book.
MH69 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after hearing about it from a close friend and former teacher. I sat with my grandchild and shared the story with her - just from the beautiful illustrations. She was enthralled and so was I! I highly recommend this book to anyone with children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received the hard cover version of this beautiful Christmas story told in pictures as a gift and now share it with my granddaughters. They loved it so much that I decided to purchase copies for them. The hardcover was not an option and I am very happy with this Paperback. The size and illustrations are just as beautiful and much easier for a child to handle. The adults are impressed with it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are no words in this book. Just pictures. My 5 year old son was able to 'read' the book to Mommy and Grandma by telling us what was happening in the pictures. It is a wonderful and inspirational story. I would highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was given to my children years ago. They loved being able to 'read' it to their grandparents. What is so incredible is that this story, and it's teaching values, grow with your children, and they continue to love telling the story even as they become true readers. I always tear up when I read this book with my kids. It comes out every Christmas and renews my belief in humanity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HATE wordless books (I'm a writer!) but this book is phenomenal, both in content and story. It is magical, mystical and miraculous. My #1 Christmas gift to everyone I know. You MUST get this book for yourself as well as for others.