It's time now to review my favorite Christmas stories! I have many, but, unfortunately, most of the ones I own are out-of-print and unavailable in libraries. So, this month, I will present the ones you are most likely to find.
Here is one that is standing the test of time...
Author: Susan Wojciechowski
Illustrator: P.J. Lynch
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Picture book for older children
Ages: 8 to Adult
Themes: Christmas, friendship, woodcarvers, woodcarving, determination, dealing with death, nativity
From the book flap: Jonathan Toomy is the best woodcarver in the valley. He keeps to himself, though, and never smiles or laughs. No one knows that a lace handkerchief, a tiny white blanket, and a portrait of the wife and child he's lost lie hidden in a drawer he never opens.
One day in early winter, the widow McDowell comes to call. Would Mr. Toomey carve a new crèche for her in time for Christmas? And would he allow her young son to watch while he carves it?
A quiet request leads to a joyful miracle, as the widow and her son gently warm the sad heart of Jonathan Toomey.
Why I like this book: The illustrations are gorgeous, it integrates the story of the first Christmas beautifully, and the character makes a 180 degree turnaround. It's a heartwarming story, which will not disappoint, and has been produced and performed as a play.
Activities for Children:
Nativity plays: http://www.sunday-school-center.com/christmas-skits.html