Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan
Published by Walker Books
the widow McDowell and her son Thomas knock at the woodcarver, Jonathan
Toomey's door one winter's day, they receive a frosty reception.
The widow appeals to him to carve her a special set of Christmas
figures. Jonathan doesn’t know it but this request will turn
his life around; his life that has been solitude and despair since
the death of his wife and daughter. Jonathan changes from being
outwardly hard and cold to becoming once again the kind and loving
man he was.
in Jonathan’s character is helped in no small way by Thomas
who sits watching the woodcarver work, not realising that a miracle
is occurring to warm his sad, chill heart. Day by day Jonathan comes
nearer to grieving for his dead wife and son and nearer to opening
his heart to others until finally he attends the Christmas service
with the Widow McDowell and her son Thomas.
of an excellent story by Susan Wojciechowski and stunning illustrations
by P. J. Lynch makes this a classic must read for all ages.
Chrismas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey is a past winner of The
Kate Greenaway Medal for the most distinguished work in the illustration
of children’s books in the U.K. and it has also won the Bisto
Irish Children’s Book Award.
“A deeply moving story….. The masterly paintings have
an extraordinary intensity and depth, with light and shade used
to brilliant effect… This has the feel of a classic picture
book.” The Daily Telegraph
“A breathtakingly beautiful book, sure to become a classic.”
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