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Winter's Gift Hardcover – September 22, 2004
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-- Daily Times Chronicle (December 2004) (Daily Times Chronicle (Woburn Ed.) 20041223)<br /><br />"The hushed storytelling is graceful, the wintry scenes exactly right."
-- Gainesville Sun (December 2004) (Gainesville Sun )<br /><br />"A good lap time read aloud. The author's paintings of north woods snow scenes are realistic enough to make you shiver."
--Las Vegas Optic (December 2004) (Las Vegas Optic )
About the Author
Jane Monroe Donovan's parents encouraged her to follow her heart and it led to her love of sketching and painting. In addition to My Teacher Likes to Say, Jane also illustrated Sunny Numbers: A Florida Counting Book and My Momma Likes to Say. She is currently working on a Christmas title for Sleeping Bear Press. Jane lives with her family in Pinckney, Michigan.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I first saw WINTER'S GIFT, I was quite sure whether it was a holiday story or not. But the illustration of the horse in the snowstorm on the cover, quickly made me realize that I wanted the book, even if it wasn't a holiday story. However, upon opening WINTER'S GIFT, I found that it was a holiday story, and a lovely one at that. The lovely prose, and gorgeous illustrations, both done by Jane Monroe Donovan, are exquisite, and will bring hope into the lives of everyone who reads this story during the holiday season. A must have!
Book Review Columnist for The Community Bugle Newspaper
At the same time a mare had become separated from her herd of wild horses and was wandering in the storm trying to find shelter. She could hear wolves howling in the distance and she was frightened and alone. She came to the old man's home and he heard her outside and took her into his barn, fed her and dried her off. He drifted off to sleep in his barn that Christmas Eve, but when he awoke he found he had been given an unexpected gift. I won't spoil things by giving you the ending, but it made my wife Sharon and me a little teary eyed. This is an ideal Christmas present for anyone you know that cherishes the Christmas spirit as we do. Keep a copy for yourself, but be sure and buy enough to give to those you love.
This is a beautiful book with a moving story. Although it has a happy ending--and I don't think I'm giving away too much by saying so--I do wonder if the dual story of the sad, lonely old man and of the horse lost in a storm might not be too depressing for young children. The illustrations of the storm are rendered in dark, greyed neutrals, and I found the images of the bedraggled, despairing horse to be harrowing. I was very interested in the reviews here by those who have children who said their kids loved the tale; perhaps the trials the horse goes through makes the ending all the sweeter.
I do think that one of the strengths of the book is the idea of "hope" as being a gift; there are many Christmas stories that center on the need to give selflessly, the gift of the heart, the gift of oneself and one's talents (i.e. the Little Drummer Boy), the gift of family and of love, but I don't think I've actually seen a Christmas book so explicitly about hope. Implicit parallels with another Christmas birth in a manger, along with the cycle-of-life theme of death and birth, make this a complex and original story.
A gentle tale of kindness and connection together with the exquisite drawings make this a lovely book for all ages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely gift for my grand daughters. I purchased this book because they have both taken quite an interest in horses. The story is sensitive and heartwarming. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julie W. Snyder
It was a good, but I was hoping or expecting a much longer story.Published 9 months ago by MrsPhenix
the writing is awesome and for once, i have managed to find a book, that feels good and leaves the reader with a feeling that, just maybe, something might be good somewhere in this... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ricky
This is a moving delightful story with wonderful art to match. I have given this book many times as gifts.Published 14 months ago by mcmrx
Perfect book to read as a family on Christmas Eve...along with the biblical story of Christ's birth. Kindness and healing love, beautiful art. Read morePublished 14 months ago by William and Helen Worthington