- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: Second Star Creations (October 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0972597751
- ISBN-13: 978-0972597753
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Orphan's Promise: A Christmas Story Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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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. The stories speak to all generations and reveal the triumph of love and joy over loneliness and despair. They take on some weighty issues in a manner that's accessible to both children and adults. They're filled with wonder, and generosity, and hope, and even a miracle or two. These are the sort of books you gather everyone on the sofa to read aloud, with a fire crackling in the hearth and warm cups of cocoa all around. The illustrations are lavish and complement the stories perfectly.
Pick up a few copies and stash them away as stocking stuffers for friends and family. You'll be glad you did...and so will they.
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.
Dan T. Davis has written a seven chapter story which is rich with layers, twists and turns. Ruby learned that the work of making toys is more than it seems. As Papa Kloss says, "We give children love at least one day a year. We give gifts on Christ's day, because I believe that is what God wants me to do. I just wish I could help some child every day, to make sure they receive all the love and care they need." (page 44).
Whether you read this book only at Christmas or in the dead of winter or pull it out during the heat of summer to rekindle your affection for winter and snow, I highly recommend AN ORPHAN'S PROMISE. I believe the reading of this story will become an annual traditional for many families.