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Legend of the Christmas Stocking Hardcover – September 16, 2004

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This wonderful Christmas tale, set in the late 1800s, shares the touching story of a young boy named Peter. He sells newspapers to help his family while his father is away at sea, and he’s been saving a bit of his earnings to buy a model schooner in the woodworker’s shop. But after Uncle Jim, the woodworker, tells him the story of St. Nicholas, Peter discovers the meaning behind the hanging and filling of Christmas stockings and learns a heartfelt lesson in kindness and generosity. Filled with the rich, realistic illustrations of Jim Griffin, children ages 4 to 8 will discover the depth of God's love shown through others as they learn the Christian meaning revealed in The Legend of the Christmas Stocking.

Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding young souls.

About the Author

Growing up, Rick Osborne really liked Superman. Superman did what was right, he did cool things that other people couldn’t do, and he never quit. The Bible is full of great Superman-type stories where God helps good guys battle evil guys with his awesome supernatural help. By telling these stories, Rick loves to help boys see the real-life superhero that God wants each of them to be. Rick lives with his family up north in Canada, closer to where Superman built his fortress.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; R edition (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310708982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310708988
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the keys to Christmas is generosity, and "The Legend of the Christmas Stocking" by Rick Osborne is a great way to emphasize this with our children.

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.
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This is such a sweet, classic book with a wonderful lesson weaved throughout it. It blends fiction and history together seemlessly and provides children with a better understanding of what Christmas really means.

Highly recommended!!
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I sent this book to my grandchildren a couple of states away. It's a Christmas ritual that I send several Christmas books for them..it's more fun for me than for them I think. I got raving reviews from all of them. The children are 6,4,and 2. They wanted mommy and daddy to read it over and over again. I was so pleased they enjoyed it so much!
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We purchased this on here during a search for some new Christmas books. It's lovely and we all liked it...however, there are some inconsistencies with the other book in this series "The Legend of St. Nicholas". It was immediately noticed by both of my older children (ages 7 and 6). In this one, Nicholas throws the money in through the window at three different times, and the last one lands in a stocking. In the other one, Nicholas throws the money in all at the same time, in three different bags, and the window isn't open, so he throws it down the chimney...the other noticeable difference is that in this one, Nicholas finds out about the three sisters needing the dowry by talking to their father. In the other one, he finds out from the youngest sister, who is clearly made out to be his friend in that book, as he's talking to them about what to do with the money that his parents left him. In this book, Nicholas is a grown man when he leaves the money (after talking to the father of the girls). In the other book, he is just a boy...looks like a teenager, and is talking to other children as friends...anyway, this sort of thing is a tad disappointing, but it is otherwise a good book.
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...
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Ties back to St. Nicholas and how we ended up with Christmas Stockings. Good book for your Catholic book collection, specifically for Advent and Christmas. It's not a saint biography as you can obviously tell from the Amazon summary, but it's wholesome and appeals to large audience with little children.
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It's a beautifully illustrated book. I wanted a little MORE from the story--at the moment I couldn't exactly explain WHAT it was that I wanted, it just doesn't quite enchant me the way some stories do. My girls could take it or leave it. They haven't really requested it. We will see as they grow older into the age range this book was designed for. That being said, my oldest DOES request books from this reading level with frequency, just not this one. So, would I buy it again, sure!
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Wow what a great inspirational Holiday book. I love that Amazon emails age appropriate book titles for different Holidays, seasons of the year, and based on past books we have bought.
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.
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