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An Orphan's Promise: A Christmas Story Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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While the book is broken down into easily-digestible chapters for younger readers, it does not talk down to children. It is a compelling story for readers of all ages. My teenager picked it up one afternoon and read it through twice. The illustrations are delicate and enduring; they compliment, rather than overpower, the story.
While "An Orphan's Promise" is a great stand-alone book, I highly recommend its prequel, "The Blacksmith's Gift." I eagerly await the continuation of the story of Mr. and Mrs. Kloss.
This is the second volume in a trilogy of Christmas stories by Dan T. Davis: The Blacksmith's Gift : A Christmas Story, An Orphan's Promise : A Christmas Story, and A Carpenter's Legacy : A Christmas Story.
In these three stories, Davis offers a fresh perspective on Christmas, and given the plethora of books in this genre, that's a notable achievement. These tales feel as if they might have sprung from an anecdote someone's grandfather carried across the ocean from the old country and shared every so often at family gatherings, embroidering the tale bit by bit until it blossomed into a legend that transcended generations and was carefully passed down from parent to child. In a sea of Christmas stories that feel manufactured and trite, these books are, by contrast, genuine, warm, honest, and substantial.
It wouldn't be accurate to call these children's books. They're family books.Read more ›
In "An Orphan's Promise," a young orphan named Ruby is the main character, and Mr. Kloss takes a supporting role. Both of them are rich, evolving characters changed mightily by the stories end, but it is Ruby who undergoes the most profound change. She is also the person who the major themes, insights, and plots of the tale center around.
Davis does a remarkable job of holding the reader's attention and leading his audience through emotions in order to impart understanding of the message. Interspersed folklore of the Alvar (Norse forest elves) and Nissen (Scandinavian barn fairies) give depth and realism to the Santa legends, and by the end it's easy to believe even if you're an adult now who forgot all about ol' Santa Kloss long ago.
Perfect touches at the end of the book, like the Nissen adding Rudolf to the toy sleigh, the post-script poem for Ruby, and the traditional Norwegian folksong complete with musical notation, are even more reason why you'll find yourself enjoying this story again and again each Christmas.
Children will enjoy the antics and family celebration in the story. And the wonderful watercolor illustrations will bring them back to the book, again and again.
As with the first book, Davis explores another piece of the Santa Claus legend, and offers a charming take on the traditional tale, with a twist. Filled with laughter and fun, An Orphan's Promise also grabs your emotions, as we feel Ruby's loss and loneliness at just the right moments. The story sneaks up on you, as several tales, artfully layered on each other, weave together in a beautiful and moving climax. An Orphan's Promise is a wonderful story to share at Yuletide, or throughout the year. It sings on its own, but keep the joy going, and get The Blacksmith's Gift, too.
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I love how he shows a little girl named Ruby who is an orphan and Mr.Kloss adopted her. I think that the boy elves are very mean at first but in the middle they are being nicer to... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013
In the opening pages of this well-crafted story, you will meet Ruby Hjort, an orphan who arrives at the home of Santa Kloss. Ruby has heard that Mr. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by W. Terry Whalin