Light the fireplace, curl up with a blanket and hot chocolate as you take in these heart-warming tales.
“The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey,” by Susan Wojciechowski; illustrated by P.J. Lynch (hardcover, Candlewick Press, 1995, 40 pages, $15.99). Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.
“Cobweb Christmas,” by Shirley Climo; illustrated by Jane Manning (hardcover, Harper Collins, 2001, 32 pages, $17.99). An old woman in long-ago Germany cleans her house and decorates her Christmas tree, hoping that this year she will witness some special Christmas Eve magic.
“Winter’s Gift,” by Jane Monroe Donovan (hardcover, Sleeping Bear Press, 2004, 32 pages, $16.95). A lonely old man living on a small farm wants to forget Christmas, along with its painful memories of loved ones lost. But a snowstorm and a surprise visitor needing help bring an opportunity for that most elusive gift of all — hope.
“A Wish to be a Christmas Tree,” by Colleen Monroe; illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe (hardcover, Sleeping Bear Press, 2000, 28 pages, $16.95). Feeling sad because no one chooses it as a Christmas tree, a bedraggled forest pine discovers, with the help of woodland friends, the importance of being appreciated all year long.
“An Angel Just Like Me,” by Mary Hoffman; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu (hardcover, Dial Books for Young Readers, 1997, 26 pages, $17.99). An African-American child wonders why all Christmas tree angels look alike — and sets out to find an angel that looks just like him.