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A Christmas Gift
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0312929560
ISBN-13: 9780312929565
Publisher: St Martins Mass Market Paper
Release Date: August, 1995
Length: 246 Pages
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Dimensions: 6.6 X 4.1 X 0.4 inches
Language: English
   
   

A Christmas Gift

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Visiting his grandparents on their rural Michigan farm, thirteen-year-old James and his grandfather share a seasonal adventure that tests their family ties and renews their faith in traditional values. Reissue.

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  The Blessing of the Melodeon

This Depression era story is anything but depressing: rich in hope, humor and intergenerational discoveray, this charmer was originally published as "The Melodeon"--a small household organ. Thirteen-year-old James has been shipped out to his grandparents' farm in Michigan, when his Philadelphia parents can no longer afford to provide for him. This city boy has a lot to learn in a rural setting, but he comes of age that special, unforgettable Christmas Eve, when he discovers that grandparents are people too.

He and Will undertake a difficult enterprise which will bring joy to his grandmother and delight a humble congregation in a rebuilt church. James discovers that Will and Ella are not just his grandparents, but a son and a daugher-in-law; that they are three-dimensional persons with their own emotions, memories, and foibles--unique individuals in their own right, deserving of respect and compassion.

The true Christmas spirit is revealed to James his first winter away from his parents; gifts freely offered from the heart with a personal sacrifice to benefit an entire congregation. Not to mention putting graceful closure to intergenerational distress--the binding of family wounds in loving victory of the soul. A wonderful and truly enjoyable tale for readers of all ages, with a surprise touch of Fantasy near the end!