Papa Adam, the North Pole's oldest elf and Santa's former chief carver, has given up. Blind, frail, and feeling useless, he counts the minutes in every day as he waits to die -- until his youngest granddaughter challenges him to carve again. Together they prove that the most beautiful creations can come from the most unlikely sources and with the right love and encouragement, anything is possible.
- Pages: 128
- Size: 5½x7½
About the Author
Diane Stringam Tolley was born and raised on a ranch in Southern Alberta, Canada. Educated in journalism, she is the author of countless articles and short stories and a novel for young adults, Essence. She and her husband, Grant, are the parents of six children and live in Beaumont, Alberta, Canada.
A Sweet Christmas Story
by Christine - reviewed on December 13, 2011
This is a sweet Christmas story that tells more than just the tale of Santa and his elves. It tells of the power of love and belief to bring light and joy into the lives of another. Sweet Amy (Papa Adam's youngest grandchild) brings her blind grandfather a block of wood and asks him to make her a carving like he had made for the other grandchildren. At first Adam says no, but Amy's belief in him inspires him to take his tools out of their dusty box and try. What results is more than just beautiful carvings, but the development of a beautiful relationship between Papa Adam and his sweet, young granddaughter, Amy. What I love about this book is it's simplicity. As the holidays arrive, schedules become busy and time is in short supply. Reading for pleasure (as opposed to a careful and complete perusal of the sale ads and recipe books) can often be pushed to the backburner. This sweet story is a very quick and uplifting; certain to put you in the Christmas mood.
by Lisa - reviewed on December 07, 2011
Papa Adam was the best carver in the North Pole. All the other elves envied his skills, but as he got older he lost his eyesight. Now Papa Adam spends his days waiting for them to be over. Nothing seems to have meaning anymore...that is, until one day his young granddaughter comes with a piece of wood. She challenges Papa Adam to carve for her. This one bit of support spurs Papa Adam on to rediscover his love of carving and redefine what he can and cannot do. Soon Papa Adam and his granddaughter are working on a super secret project that may just be the most important thing they've ever carved. This book was delightful! It is a very simple book and can be enjoyed by younger and older readers alike. You can feel Papa Adam's despair in the beginning, and it is a joy to see his young granddaughter help him learn exactly what he can and cannot do. It also gives a wonderful message. I think many times people who are older or having hard times may see themselves as useless just like Papa Adam. However, this book helps show that everyone has something they can do. It may not always be something as awesome as Papa Adam's carving. Even though his granddaughter learned to carve, I think the biggest ability she had was to be loving and inspiring. She was able to see past Papa Adam's disability, which is a beautiful example we could all follow. This would be a great book to read with your family as it nears Christmas time. It has just the right amount of story that people will enjoy mixed with a wonderful message fitting for the season. I love books that are able to entertain and bring a great spirit with them, and this one fits the bill perfectly. It will be a great addition to anyone's holiday reading lists! Galley provided for review.
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