The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

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The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver’s heart in this splendid reissue of a Candlewick holiday classic, dressed in a radiant new cover.

The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid edition of a holiday classic, complete with a CD masterfully narrated by James Earl Jones.

The widow McDowell and her seven-year-old son Thomas ask the gruff Jonathan ...

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Overview

The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver’s heart in this splendid reissue of a Candlewick holiday classic, dressed in a radiant new cover.

The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid edition of a holiday classic, complete with a CD masterfully narrated by James Earl Jones.

The widow McDowell and her seven-year-old son Thomas ask the gruff Jonathan Toomey, the best wood-carver in the valley, to carve the figures for a Christmas creche.

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Now with a new cover and new size (8 11/16" x 7 7/8"), The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (1995) by Susan Wojciechowski, illus. by P.J. Lynch, pairs what PW's starred review called an "elegant, poignant" story, about the spiritual reawakening of a bitter man, with richly detailed watercolors of an early-American setting.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The story of Jonathan Toomey, a widower who has withdrawn from the world, only to be brought back to rejoin life by a widow and her son, is a true Christmas treat. The touching story is made more poignant by Lynch's illustrations. His opening pictures of Toomey reveal a man in the shadows-grumpy and sad. As he and the young boy spend time together, the colors lighten and life brightens. A tour de force by author and illustrator.
Hazel Rochman
"Christmas is pish-posh," grumbles Jonathan Toomey, the best wood carver in the valley. He's a Scroogelike recluse; but he's a gentle grouch, it turns out, and he hides a sad secret. He's transformed, not by Dickensian ghosts, but by an eager seven-year-old boy and his widowed mother who ask him to make them a Christmas creche. The story verges on the sentimental, but it's told with feeling and lyricism (he "traveled till his tears stopped" ). Lynch's sweeping illustrations, in shades of wood grain, are both realistic and gloriously romantic, focusing on faces and hands at work before the fire and in the lamplight. In a beautiful, elemental scene, the angry wood carver stands on the threshold of his home, disturbed by the gentle widow and her son who want his help and will transform his life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564023209
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/1995
  • Series: Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Series
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.38 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wojciechowski, a former children’s librarian, is the author of numerous books for children, including a series of books about Beany, a lovable worrywart. She lives in York, Pennsylvania.

P.J. Lynch, one of today’s most revered illustrators, has won many awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice — for THE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE OF JONATHAN TOOMEYand WHEN JESSIE CAME ACROSS THE SEA. He is also the illustrator of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    Loneliness and Grief defeated by the Spirit of Christ(mas)

    A truly great story of the innocent healing gift of children. A must read for the true believer that all in life will have a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    Sweetest Christmas Story

    The Christmas Miracle has to be one of the sweetest, most heartwarming Christmas children's books that I have ever read. It's the story of a hard-nosed, grumpy old woodcarver whose sad life is turned into a happy one when a little piece of joy (and its widowed mother) move to town and make his acquaintance. Read it. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 1999

    A Long Lasting Gift

    I first became acquainted with this book when a fellow educator read the book to a group of education leaders from across our state. After reading the book of hope and the true meaning of Christmas, she presented each listener with a small glass bottle filled with a few wood shavings. She had tied brightly colored ribbons to each bottle. The shavings in the bottle represented the impact that we can have on the lives of others by showing that we care and that the best gifts we can give are not ones that cost a lot of dollars. This book has greatly impacted the way I celebrate the holiday season.

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