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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Patricia St John Series
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802465757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802465757
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

PATRICIA ST. JOHN (1919-1993) was a nurse, missionary and author. She earned a nursing degree at St. Thomas' Hospital in London in 1946. In the early 1950's she moved to Tangier, Morocco where she served as a missionary nurse for 27 years. Throughout her life, she travelled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, as the settings of her novels reflect. In 1977, she returned to England, where she cared for elderly relatives and ministered from her home to youths, single parents, and the elderly. Patricia authored numerous books, including Treasures of the Snow, The Tanglewoods' Secret, The Secret at Pheasant Cottage, and Star of Light.

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When I was 9 years old I read this book.
Sheila Wray Gregoire
This is a beautiful, touching story about God's forgiveness, reconciliation and the power of love.
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Christian Reader on July 26, 2009
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After having read the original Patricia St John's "Treasures of the Snow" and being delighted by its true and accurate presentation of Christianity, I ordered a new copy from Amazon published in 1999.
Upon receiving it, I was glad to see that it was larger print than the older copy I had read, but I noticed it was considerably thinner. I discovered that the new edition is a "Revised Edition" in which the language has been "sensitively adapted for today's young reader". Sadly, what this means is that the book has been DUMBED DOWN for the less intelligent reader of today. Comparing the original with the revised edition, I have found that the eloquent and detailed descriptions which made the book so rich have been rewritten or removed entirely! The wonderful rich vocabulary that I had hoped to share with my child has been modernized for the much lower intelligence levels of today's public school children. The Christian message is still there, but the impact of it is greatly diminished by these revisions.
I am greatly disappointed by this revised edition, and have found this to be the case with most of Patricia St. John's books.
If you buy this book, be sure to get a used out-of-print version. Don't waste your money on the revised editions!
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Paul Munson on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book. The author is obviously indebted to Johanna Spyri's Heidi, but in a good way. This book can be read aloud to children as young as 5, but young teenagers will also enjoy it. Be aware, though, that St. John's original text is out of print. What Moody and Scripture Union currently publish is an "updated" version--good if your child struggles with reading; but if your child is literate, get a used copy!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Wray Gregoire on April 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I was 9 years old I read this book. I didn't remember much about the story, but when I saw it in a book store all the warm feelings came flooding back, and I bought it to read to my daughters.
They have so enjoyed it! Our oldest is 8, and our youngest is 5, and we've had a difficult time getting the 5-year-old to sit through "chapter books". But she was enthralled from the start, especially because of the cat and the kittens!
It's a gentle story that depicts the love of Jesus in a simple way, without forcing it. It's just part of life, exactly as it's supposed to be.
A beautiful story that I'm sure my daughters will carry with them, too!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
High in the Swiss Alps, three children are playing on the grassy slopes. Annette and Lucien are neighbors and live in Swiss chalets. Lucien is just thirteen and when Annette acts angrily towards him, he takes it out on her young brother Danny. After holding a kitten over a cliff, he drops the kitten (which lands a few feet below on a ledge) and Danny goes after it.

When Danny can't be found, Annette goes looking for Lucien who thinks Danny is dead. Lucien is beside himself with guilt and turns to an old woodcarver for encouragement. He learns to carve little wooden animals which he then intends to give to Danny. Annette is quite mean and destroys his woodwork and spreads gossip about him at school.

The charm of this story is the lessons the children learn. Will Annette learn to forgive or will bitterness consume her? This story has a sad beginning and an uplifting ending. The story has some surprises and we also find out who the old woodcarver really is. Both he and Lucien tell each other their secrets and in doing so, help to heal the lives of three families. There is also a movie distributed by Institute in Basic Life Principles which I would also recommend for children. As you read you can imagine the bell-jingling horses and sleighs in the winter.

~The Rebecca Review
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pluckycat on January 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read the original version of this book & loved it! Upon finishing it, I immediately read it to my kids (ages 7, 9, & 11), & they were captivated & enthralled as well! The story is beautifully written & easy to follow, & it teaches a much-needed lesson about forgiveness without being preachy.

I didn't realize that this was a revised edition when I purchased it as a gift. I'm completely disappointed in it. It has been dumbed down & rewritten to the point that the story no longer flows as it did, & some parts don't even make sense. (One minor example-- at one point in the original, a character says, "Tut." In the updated version, that has been changed to, "Zut", which, according to the dictionaries I've consulted, isn't even a word. Anyone who doesn't know what "tut" means isn't going to find a fake word any easier to understand.) The revisions are horrible. Much of the rich description & beautiful vocabulary that made the original so wonderful have been eliminated, & the new author took liberties in adding details that were unnecessary to the story.

If return shipping was free, I'd send this back in a heartbeat. I certainly won't be giving it as a gift.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer G. Richmond on August 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when I was in 3rd grade. It has always been my all time favorite book. I have now been an teacher for 14 years and it is has remained the only book I will always read to my class. It deals well with issues of pride, friendship, sacrifice, truth and growing up and draws the readers in from the very first chapter. My students always elect this as their favorite read aloud of the year - and I read a lot of classics to them! Try to read the original text. I always prefer these to the abridged versions. There is also a well done movie available! READ THIS BOOK and you will be greatly moved and impacted!
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