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Legend of the Christmas Stocking Hardcover – September 16, 2004
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About the Author
Jim Griffin, illustrator and award-winning artist, studied at the renowned Pratt Institute. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and can be found in prestigious private collections.
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Top Customer Reviews
In this children's adaptation of the bestselling adult's book of the same title, we're taken back to Victorian times when a young boy named Peter is anxiously awaiting the return of his father's ship. He's also anxiously awaiting the day he can purchase a fine model of that ship, with money he's earned selling newspapers. But Uncle Jim asks: "What if your dad doesn't get back by Christmas? Would you be willing to use the money you saved to buy presents for your family instead?" Peter's is the only available money for Christmas presents, but Peter can't bear the thought of not getting his much longed for model. Can he really sacrifice his own wants for that of his sisters'?
Then Pastor Spring preaches a sermon on giving, telling his congregation the story of St. Nicholas, who knew three young women who could not afford a dowry, and therefore would never be able to marry. Secretly, he tossed bags of gold through two of their windows, ensuring the girls a more pleasant future. With the last girl, the gold lands in her stocking, which has been hung over the fireplace to dry. Pastor Spring says:
"Nicholas served God. He knew that God gave us Jesus, even though we didn't deserve him. When we give, it shows God's love."
Hearing this, Peter asks God to help him be more giving. On Christmas morning, his sisters find gifts in their Christmas stockings, and just as his mother opens the present Peter has given her, Peter's father bursts through the door and presents Peter with the model ship he's so wanted.Read more ›
I made the mistake of reading both of these stories back to back, so the discrepancies were pretty obvious. Since this seems to be in the same series, I would have thought that someone would check for these sorts of things ahead before printing.
Other than that gripe, I would recommend this book, as the illustrations are lovely and it's a nice Christmas story to read, since it's based loosely on real events. I think if I had it to do again, I would probably choose one or the other, not both for the reasons above...
This book has great illustrations that our boys loved looking at, it gave us a chance to talk about the way life was way back then.
We try to read a different Christmas or Winter book every day of December so it's fun to have a variety of stories.
This was good at showing that giving is so much better than receiving.
The book came in perfect condition from Amazon.
We would love to order more from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Darling book! Keeps my kids captivated! Highly recommend for your Christmas library!Published 3 months ago by Haggard Family
I had to stop reading this to my young grandchildren after discovering content too old for young children to hear.Published 4 months ago by Theresa E Lennon
This book is a Protestant whitewash of the story of St. Nicholas. Way to go, Rick Osborne! In leaving out the part about Nicholas being a Catholic bishop, you end up offending... Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. M. Z.