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Thursday 12 December 2013

Review: A Small Miracle

A Small Miracle is a wordless picture book, but each image within the comic strip format  is an intricate painting.

An old woman treks through the snow to town on Christmas Eve, hoping to earn a few coins by singing in the street. When no one seems to notice her, she is forced to sell her beloved accordion in order to eat, but a bike thief steals her money as she leaves the Pawnshop.

The old lady treks sadly home through the snow, but when she sees the same scoundrel racing out of the church, she wrestles the church’s donation bucket from him.

Seeing the devastation the thief has left behind, the old lady tenderly restores the nativity set and places the donation bucket back where it came from. Weak from lack of food, she collapses in the snow.

This is where the touching tale of a nativity set coming to life begins. You really need to see these pictures to take in the depth and beauty of this story as it whispers of justice and compassion and the dream that kind actions might be repaid when needed most.

Title: A Small Miracle
Author/Illustrator: Peter Collington
Publisher: Red Fox, Knopf Books
Publication Date: 1999, 2002
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780099680718
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book