Item description for The Miracle of Saint Nicholas (Golden Key Books) by Gloria Whelan & Judith Brown...
Overview As Christmas approaches, Alexi, a young Russian boy, decides to lay down some tree boughs for an altar in his town church, closed by soldiers sixty years earlier, and after that a miracle begins to occur
Publishers Description It was the day before Christmas in a small Russian village. Alexi's babushka was telling him what Christmas was like when she was a girl--before the soldiers came. "Our church was as crowded as a pod full of peas. Candles made the church as bright as the sunniest day. Watching over us was the blessed icon of St. Nicholas." Alexi had many questions, including, "Why can't we celebrate Christmas tomorrow in St. Nicholas?" Babushka sadly replied that it would take a miracle after sixty years. Well, Alexi had heard enough. If there truly was such a thing as a miracle, why couldn't it happen here? And so unfolds a story that poignantly reveals how, though quiet and hidden, faith and hope cannot be suppressed--by soldiers or by time.
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Studio: Bethlehem Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.5" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1997
Publisher Bethlehem books
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 1883937183 ISBN13 9781883937188
Availability 0 units.
More About Gloria Whelan & Judith Brown
Gloria and her husband Joseph moved from Detroit to the woods of northern Michigan several years ago.Many of Gloria's books take place during the summer -- because she does a lot of her writing during the northern Michigan blizzards!Gloria has been telling stories for as long as she can remember.Before she could read or write, she used to dictate stories to her baby-sitter, who would type them out.Being an only child, many of Gloria's stories were about having a brother or sister. Gloria would like to have written Little Women, because Jo March was one of her role models growing up! Gloria once had a set of five wtching guinea pigs, all named after Detroit Tiger baseball players!"
Gloria Whelan currently resides in Mancelona, in the state of Michigan. Gloria Whelan was born in 1961.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Miracle of Saint Nicholas (Golden Key Books)?
A REAL evocation of Orthodox Culture Reborn Mar 19, 2007
After reading the customer reviews, I ordered this book, which came, unfortunately, too late for either Western or Orthodox Christmas. But that doesn't mean it is NOT going to have primacy of place NEXT year!
The truth of the Bolshevik/Communist revolution, their COMPLETE dedication to the utter eradication of the Orthodox, Christian, Caucasian culture of Imperial Russia, is given in this book. (It is historical fact that the vast majority of the early Bolsheviks were 'ethnic foreigners' in Mother Russia; see Wilton's 'Last Days of the Romanovs' for a contemporary account.) This truth is clearly, beautifully laid out in the pictures of this book, which astoundingly can do what a GOOD work of children's literature always does- teach TRUTH.
Moreover, the miracle of a town utterly bowed down before the antichrist agenda of seventy years of Communist rule, springing to new life, is THE most joyous moment in the story. The miracle of the Incarnation in Bethlehem, is made manifest in the miracle of the 're-incarnation' of Christ within the hearts and souls of these simple Russian folk in the village, who can once again, 'worship God aright.' This book is SO much more than just a 'nice story'- it is a parable, a beacon for future generations, that the Church must 'never forget' that those who tried to kill Christ (either then, or nowadays in recent memory), can never succeed at their task, for indeed, "He is risen!" And lives within his faithful people always.
The Miracle of Saint Nicholas Feb 23, 2006
Marvellous book and illustration. It explains poignantly the truth of where "Santa Clause" originated. It is no tale. Saint Nicholas was a real ordinary man who became a great priest of God and Saint by doing ordinary things extraordinarily well for the glory of God.
a beautiful, touching book--a near perfect Christmas gift Dec 14, 2005
As other reviewers have recounted, it is difficult to read this book without shedding tears. It's a marvelous story of a Russian village's return to church. The story is sweet without being cloying, the historical context is spot on (yes, Communists destroy churches, kill priests, and imprison believers), and the iconographic illustrations are nearly divine.
But--the author betrays on one page an unfortunate ignorance about Orthodox Christian worship, especially in traditional Orthodox cultures such as Russia. She has the people waiting patiently in the church for something to happen, and they are SITTING, and then the priest appears, walking down the AISLE.
There are no pews in an Orthodox church hewing to the traditional mode of worship, as would no doubt be the case in Russia.
Still, the book is wonderful and worth getting and giving for Christmas.
Best Christmas book I've read Jan 9, 2005
Being a Russian Orthodox Christian and also first-generation born American, it was very touching to me. I loved it. It made me cry. A story of sadness that turns into great joy. Beautiful artwork!!!
"Mom, you know you can't read this book without crying!!" Jan 9, 2005
Our family has read this book countless times, often at our children's request. The frustrating part is that both parents have yet to make it through the book without shedding tears! A touching book based on real-life experiences of people throughout the former Soviet Union, in a format eminently suitable for young children. Highly recommended.