The Man in the Cinder Cloudsby Rick Daley
This story-within-a-story reveals the origins of our most familiar Christmas traditions: from Christmas trees,
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“THE MAN IN THE CINDER CLOUDS is one of those middle grade books that the grown-ups get sucked into along with their kids. You think you bought if for your young reader but after you browse chapter one you just sort of... can't stop.”
This story-within-a-story reveals the origins of our most familiar Christmas traditions: from Christmas trees, stockings, and lumps of coal to jingle bells, the North Pole, and flying reindeer. Highly original and thoroughly entertaining, The Man in the Cinder Clouds will show you how Kris Kringle came to be known as Santa Claus. It wasn’t easy.
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- Richard Daley
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- Barnes & Noble
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- 91 KB
- Age Range:
- 9 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Rick Daley has been writing professionally for over 15 years. His experience includes marketing copy for print and web, press releases, business proposals, training and technical manuals, and whitepapers. His essays, ranging from family life during the holidays to his first skydiving experience, have been featured in The Columbus Dispatch. An experienced public speaker with a background in music and theater, Rick has also authored and delivered numerous training seminars and workshops. Rick lives in Lewis Center, Ohio with his wife and two sons (and a neurotic schnauzer).
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This book was enjoyable read, it brought some magic of the Christmas.
Just in time for the Christmas season, a fabulous re-imagining of the origins of Santa Claus. Kids will love it, and adults will enjoy reading it to them. Even though the language in The Man in the Cinder Clouds is simple enough for young readers, it almost feels like one of those stories that must be read out loud. For this forty-something father, it brought back the magic I remember as a child when I watched the Christmas specials on TV, except this story seemed more "real". I definitely think it could be a new classic, allowing modern kids to feel the same sense of wonder we all felt when we were young. If you have young kids, all the way up to fifth grade or so, this is a story you must have before the holiday season rolls around.
A fun and unique take the origins of Santa. One to share with your kids, grandkids or anyone young at heart regardless of their age.
If middle grade e-books are the next big thing, Rick Daley is right on time. The Man in the Cinder Clouds, Rick Daley's delightful Christmas Tale, is a story within a story within a story. I love how Rick weaves these three plots together, each dependent on the other, nested like Christmas Dolls. In the first, we follow Jason to the North Pole where his father's scientific team is drilling for ice cores (go science! Points for arctic coolness here). Instead they find a magical book that tells the second tale, of one Kris Kringle before he was the chief bringer of gifts. Kris' search to find his true family and proof of human virtue leads us to the third tale, the story of Aaron and Alice, two orphaned children struggling to survive in a long-ago time when life wasn't easy for anyone, especially children dependent on nasty uncles trying to rob them of their inheritance. The three stories twist and turn together, bringing modern and ancient adventures together with a splash of magic and the wonder of Christmas in this completely fresh take on the story of Santa Claus. There is some peril of main characters in the book, so I wouldn't recommend The Man in the Cinder Clouds for the very young, but it makes a great Christmas read for readers age 7+.
This is a story within a story; Ten year old Jason has accompanied his father to the North Pole to collect ice core samples, where the excavation team rescues a magical book that is thousands of years old. The book, narrated by an unknown omniscient author, tells the story of the half-elf Kris Kringle, and his mission to prove to the Elf Elders of the Great Woodland Glen that human virtue does exist. The quest leads Kris and a band of loyal elves to the Great Northern Glen, near the human village of Oldenton, the only place Kris has been authorized to make limited human contact. If he fails in his mission or breaks any of the multitude of rules, Kris and all the elves that traveled with him will be banished forever, not just from their home in Woodland Glen, but from all Elven Glens. I read each chapter anxiously waiting how author Rick Daley would integrate all the elements that make up the well known Santa Claus myth. Through a blend of magic, coincidence, innate abilities, hard work, and dedication to a dream, The Man In The Cinder Clouds fulfills his destiny as the most loved Christmas character in history. Kris is a jolly, good natured character, even before his hair turned white and his middle became as round as a fat-bottomed faerie. The orphan children he rescues, 16 year old Aaron and his eight year old sister Alice, are heartwarming, unselfish, engaging personalities. And while the story premise itself is not original, Rick's version of the origins of Santa Claus and the adventure of the first Christmas Kris Kringle officiated is uniquely portrayed. A final appealing aspect of this story is the subtle moral imperative to children that doing the right thing is its own reward. Man In The Cinder Clouds is a highly entertaining, middle grade chapter book that also encourages children to be aware of others around them. The final lesson is expertly drawn by bringing the story back to the present, and the decision that Jason alone must act upon. This is a story I can feel good about reading to my grandchildren, and I'm sure my own adult daughter will find it as entertaining and charming to read with her young ones as I did. Well done debut author Rick Daley. .......dhole