The Blacksmith's Gift


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.

BTSYA / Teen reader:
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.

Parent Perspective:
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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

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

Type of Book:
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.
Educational Themes:

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

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
7 and Up
Age of child:
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Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is one of those very special books you'll look forward to reading with your children and grandchildren.

Title The Blacksmith's Gift
Author Dan T. Davis
Publisher Second Star Creations © 2004
Illustrators Matthew S. Armstrong
ISBN 0972597743
Material Hard Cover
Cost $14.95
Genres Family, Mythology, Holidays, Religion
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