November 30, 2011

The Christmas Gift by John McDonnell

Release Date: December 9, 2009
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 16
Series: n/a
Review Source: eBook from author

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
A heartwarming story about a doll named Constance and how she learns to love a little girl named Sarah in the Great Depression. It takes place in 1937-38, when a homeless girl named Sarah steals Constance from a wealthy woman's house in Philadelphia. Sarah and Constance have many adventures, and both of them learn the value of opening their hearts.

My Thoughts:
'The Christmas Gift' is (surprisingly, I know) a short story about Christmas and the power of love (cue Marty McFly guitar solo here). Okay, to be serious now: it’s a short story that focuses on the connection that little girls have with their dolls. I thought it was a pretty sweet Christmas story. It’s fairly predictable in plot and theme, but it has heart, and I could picture parents reading it to their little girls as a yearly Christmas tale.

There was a lot of power of imagination at work with Constance the doll being able to think and feel. Normally I would want some reason for this, but in a short story I can excuse it and have fun just appreciating the emotion behind the story. Overall, definitely a cute Christmas story.

The Cover:
I think something with a doll would have been more appropriate, but it's not bad. I like the old-timey font.


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  1. I'm not usually a short story fan because I always end up wanting more of everything, but this does sound like a sweet story. And one to get you excited about the holidays:)

  2. This description kind of reminds me of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Now THAT is an AMAZING book. I kind of want to check this on out,though, especially since it's during the depression.


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