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THE BLACKSMITH'S GIFT

Author: Dan T Davis

Illustrator: Matthew S. Armstrong

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Publisher: Second Star Creations,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Mr. Kloss,a carpenter, loves children. For years, he crafted beautiful wooden toys in hopes of having a child to play with them, often at the expense of earning money for his work. When the blacksmith asks him to build a dollhouse for his daughter in time for Christmas, Mr. Kloss discovers his destiny as a carpenter and father. This is a book that weaves the celebration of Christ's Day, faith, adoption, a child's pure love, and Santa into an intricate, beautiful story.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 12

Reading Level: 4.7

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This is a heartwarming tale. It could compete with Twas The Night Before Christmas for "Which Book Do We Read on Christmas Eve?” Which is a wonderful book also, the one book that I’m sure everyone has heard.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story warms your heart and reminds you that you don't need to HAVE children to love them! The author does an incredible job blending both the religious and secular elements of the season into a beautiful story.

Pros: Everyone will find something to warm their heart in this book. The illustrations are incredible, making the tale quite accessible to younger readers. This is a tale that would be good for the youngsters. Older kids, who just don’t believe anymore, might not like it that much. But for anybody that needs some spirit of Christmas, this is a great tale.

Cons: None, really. There are some themes (like orphans, childlessness, infertility, poverty) that may require explanation or excising for younger children.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is one of those very special books you'll look forward to reading with your children and grandchildren.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ARCTIC AIRLIFT   HOW THE RUSSIAN SNOW MAIDEN HELPED SANTA CLAUS   AUNTIE CLAUS AND THE KEY TO CHRISTMAS

Educational Themes: The Christian holiday theme is clear; the other themes (family, childlessness, orphans) can be explicit, or can be kept toned down.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, Christmas, mythology, adoption

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2005

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