Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
Published by Poolbeg Press Ltd., 1997
by Kilmihil Children’s Book Club
Jonathan Toomey was a wood carver, the best in the valley. The children
called him Mr Gloomy because he never smiled or laughed and was
always grumping or griping.
Years before, his wife and child died and Jonathan was broken hearted.
One day the widow McDowell called to Jonathan. She was new to the
town and had lost her Christmas crib figures when she moved house.
She brought her son Thomas with her. Jonathan started to make the
crib figures and Thomas told him what each one should look like.
Gradually Jonathan’s grumpy demeanour fades. This 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 heart.
Jonathan begins to grieve for his dead wife and son and re-learns
to open his heart to others. The story ends as he happily attends
the Christmas service with the Widow McDowell and Thomas.
book with its beautiful, life like illustrations by P.J. Lynch is
a real gem. It’s a lovely classic Christmas story that would
be enjoyed by children and adults.
8 out of 10.