The Christmas Gift

The Christmas Gift

by John McDonnell
3.9 12

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The Christmas Gift by John McDonnell

A heartwarming story about a doll named Constance and how she learns to love a little girl named Sarah in the Great Depression. It takes place in 1937-38, when a homeless girl named Sarah steals the doll from a wealthy woman's house in Philadelphia. Sarah and Constance have many adventures, and both of them learn the value of opening their hearts to love. This is a book that would make a wonderful Christmas present from a mother to a daughter, or vice versa.

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BN ID: 2940000798607
Publisher: John McDonnell
Publication date: 12/09/2009
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 128 KB
Age Range: 5 - 13 Years

About the Author

Publishing is going through a revolution, and I'm happy to be part of it. I write horror, humor, sentimental stories, and anything else that comes out of my imagination. One thing's for sure: my e-books will entertain you.

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The Christmas Gift 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Lovely story! Constance was the prettiest doll in Miss Emily Hawthorne’s big Philadelphia house. Every Christmas the now grown up Emily had some little girls over for a tea party and it was the only time she got her dolls down out of their cupboard. Constance, as the prettiest, always had the place of honor.  Christmas 1937 was different though. Emily’s housekeeper caught a little girl named Sarah who had snuck into the kitchen and was stealing food. The poor little girl was dirty and obviously starving, so Emily invited her to sit at the table with the other little girls and share tea. When the party was over and Emily was distracted seeing the little girls to the door Sarah rushes off with Constance, leaving her own beat up Raggedy Ann doll behind. Constance goes on a cross country adventure with Sarah and learns many things about life and herself. I love that this short story is told from the viewpoint of Constance. It’s well-written with a tight plot and well-developed characters. I like the writing style, so I’m off to see what else McDonnell has out there.  *Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
AlwaysReview More than 1 year ago
Great story about compassion and love. We learn a lot from this doll and the girl! I love the time period that this book is set, it really helps us go back to the core of who we are. A great holiday read and great weekend read! I would recommend to any who loves a great fuzzy feeling book :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Christmas Gift is a perfect story for the Christmas season ¿ very heartwarming! When Sarah steals Constance, a doll who has lived her whole life in a mansion while the rest of the world is in the midst of the Great Depression, the adventure for Constance begins and she learns about real love and what means most to you in the world. I loved it!
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