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Destined To Be A Christmas Classic

  • Dec 18, 2010

Meet Mr. Kloss, the village carpenter and Mrs. Kloss, who does sowing in the small Norway village. The couple calls each other Papa and Mama even though they have no children of their own. With what little money they have, Mr. Kloss spends on supplies to make toys for the village children.

Without spoiling it, this story explains Santa's reindeer, use of a sleigh and a sack of toys in most of the traditional images of Santa Claus. You will be caught up in the magical storytelling of Dan Davis combined with the vivid illustrations from Matthew S. Armstrong. I love this Benjamin Franklin Award-winning story and recommend it.
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W. Terry Whalin ()
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I am an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing. I have written more than 60 books for traditional publishers and for more than 50 magazines. My blog on The Writing Life has more than 1,100 searchable … more
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Dedicated to the child within all of us Bringing the high-flying talk of Santa Claus down to earth, The Blacksmith's Gift is intended for children who question the fantasy version of the legend.

For adults, the story shows Christmas as a time of miracles bringing out the best in us. The Blacksmith's Gift places Santa Claus as a carpenter in Norway around 1900. Possessing a powerful affinity with children, he is discouraged because he and his wife have not had a child of their own. He builds toys, but only for the imagined child he believes he will one day have.

When he is askd to build a dollhouse for the blacksmith's daughter  a series of events lead to the birth of a legend. The Blacksmith's Gift emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas and contains exquisite watercolor paintings; it's a wonderful gift book for just about anyone!

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