Inspired by hope, A Gift of Love by Dr. Claus, is a children's picture book written through the eyes of a second grade student not far from ground zero on September 11, 2001. As this story unfolds, you will discover how one brave New York City firefighter, father and husband, can inspire a nation and show us all how love for each other is as strong as any form of destruction. A Gift of Love highlights the love of a father for his family, his love for his community, the love of a nation and the ultimate in love. Follow a little girl as she goes from pajamas to pancakes and as she gets ready for her first day of school. Discover the events that happen at breakfast as the family prepares for the coming day.
A Gift of Love is dedicated to six members of FDNY Ten House: Lieutenant Gregg Atlas, Retired Captain James Corrigan, Lieutenant Stephen Harrell, Firefighter Jeffrey Olsen, Firefighter Paul Pansini, Firefighter Sean Tallon and all who perished due to the terrorist attack our nation incurred on September 11, 2001.
Dr. Claus was a second grade teacher in the inner city when he was sent to war. His Unit was activated March 2003 and Dr. Claus was separated from his family for over a year. Dr. Claus wrote this story two weeks after September 11, 2001 to help a grieving nation, and help children see that love is as strong as destruction. As the bravery of men and women continue long after September 11, 2001, Dr. Claus hopes to help a hurting nation heal.
A Gift of Love is available through all major online and offline bookstores and retailers.
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||5 - 11 Years|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Everyone will remember what they were doing on 9/11. I know two special girls, one just starting second grade - like the girl in the book, who went to school on that morning. On that morning, they prayed for the innocent victims and heroes on that day. The poetry of this book reminded them, and will remind any reader, of an ordinary day that quickly turned into a day of shock and sadness. The story will also reinforce the memories from the weeks that followed when tales of heroism and love dominated the national news. The book may prompt a parent-child discussion of the events of 9/11. Grade school children will enjoy the story, and parents will be touched by this remembrance's expression of love, pride, gratitude, and loss.
GIFT OF LOVE(SEPTEMBER 11,2001) by Dr. Claus is a wonderful children's picture book with wonderful illustrations by Christopher Vassallo..It is dedicated to **"six members of FDNY Ten House:Lieutenant Gregg Atlas,Retired Captain James Corriagan,Lieutenant Stephen Harrell,Firefighter Jeffrey Olsen, Firefighter Paul Pansini,Firefighter Sean Tallon"** and all who perished due to the terrorist attack on our nation on September 11,2001.It is a wonderful story that is not only sad but also shows our young children what love of our nation,love of a community,and the ultimate "Gift of Love".What a wonderful to help our children see not only the horror of that day but also the love of that day.The bravery of our men and women who lost their lives on that horrific day and the love of a father for his daughter.A must share with any and all children. This book was received for the purpose of review from Bostick Communications and the author. Details can be found at Dr. Claus Publishing and My Book Addiction Reviews.**Quote taken from the book's press release and may be found in the book**
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free, 'tis the gift to come down where you ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, It will be in the valley of love and delight.' An old Shaker tune from 1848, but it must have been much of the influence that Dr. Claus (we are not told to whom that moniker belongs, nor does it matter) used in composing his extended poem story. A GIFT OF LOVE is just that - a gently warm story of how a child, surrounded by the love of a FDNY fireman and a mother, awakens one morning with evidence all around her of the safety of home only to go to school and upon writing in her journal the date September 11, 2001 she hears a boom and is escorted home where her mother finds a special way to share with the little girl that her father was a hero, saving lives during the Twin Towers calamity. No, this is not a happy lighthearted little book, but it is one written with such tenderness and preparation for a child that no matter what the day brings she will always be surrounded and protected by love. Dr. Claus' book shares the illustrations of Christopher Vassallo who captures the same degree of warmth and reassurance that make this text, this book a true gift of love. Children need to be informed about matters such as this - matters that include death, tragedy, and heroism, and at present there are probably no better books to introduce these difficult topics than this well conceived and presented important book Grady Harp