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The Christmas Gift
     

The Christmas Gift

3.9 12
by John McDonnell
 

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A heartwarming story set in the Great Depression, with a message for these hard economic times. A doll named Constance, who lives in a mansion in Philadelphia, is stolen by a raggedy street urchin named Sarah. Constance and Sarah travel across the America of the 1930s with a group of hobos, riding freight trains and looking for work. It is a very different life than

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A heartwarming story set in the Great Depression, with a message for these hard economic times. A doll named Constance, who lives in a mansion in Philadelphia, is stolen by a raggedy street urchin named Sarah. Constance and Sarah travel across the America of the 1930s with a group of hobos, riding freight trains and looking for work. It is a very different life than Constance had in the mansion in Philadelphia, and she learns a valuable lesson about opening her heart and learning to love. The Christmas Gift is a story of separation, love, and the true meaning of Christmas toys.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466435582
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.06(d)

Meet the Author

John McDonnell writes stories on a wide variety of subjects. He has written popular collections of horror stories, a series of humorous tales about a space alien named Larry, a poetry collection, and "The Christmas Gift", which has become a Christmas classic. He lives outside of Philadelphia, PA, with his wife and four children.

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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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