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The last chimney of Christmas Eve

by High, Linda Oatman.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Easy Readers J E Hig
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
 
Collection  Easy Readers
 
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Juvenile Holidays Je H
Location  Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison
 
Collection  Juvenile Holidays
 
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Hampton Community Library Holiday HOLIDAY E HIGH
Location  Hampton Community Library
 
Collection  Holiday
 
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Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC HIGH HOL
Location  Northland Public Library
 
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Plum Community Library Easy Reader E FIC HIG
Location  Plum Community Library
 
Collection  Easy Reader
 
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Summary
It is Christmas Eve and Nicholas, a young chimney sweep, has one last chimney to clean. Shivering in his ragged coat, he climbs inside the narrow, sooty chimney, working his way to the top. From the roof, he sees the glow of fireplaces in the houses below and inhales the smell of warm mincemeat. "Someday," he thinks, "Christmas Eve will be joyful for me, the way it's meant to be." After the chimney is cleaned, the owner of the house surprises the boy with two presents: a big, warm coat anda glass snow dome. "Thank you for your kindness," says Nicholas. "Pass it on," says the man. When Nicholas grows up, he does precisely that. In this heartwarming book, Linda Oatman High and Kestutis Kasparavicius imagine the childhood of a familiar figure known for giving gifts. It offers a thought to bear in mind at Christmas and throughout the year: kindness received will grow when we pass it onto others.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4-7. Nicholas, a young chimney sweep, has a dirty, dangerous job, and not much to show for it: no money, no friends. Someday, he hopes, Christmas will be special for him. Then, a surprise: a customer gives him a warm coat and a snow globe with a Christmas scene. Years later, Nicholas finds a way to pass on the kindness. Now, instead of cleaning chimneys, he's turned into Santa Claus, going down chimneys with a sack of toys. The story is slight, making this a second-tier purchase. But the watercolors, despite a certain stiffness, have a warm holiday feeling that imbues the tale with Christmas spirit. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "When an orphan chimney sweep named Nicholas is unexpectedly given a red coat and a snow globe by a kind-hearted customer, he thanks the man, but is told simply to "pass it on." This Nicholas does, years later, returning to the chimneys of his youth once again but this time with gifts. High's (The Christmas Star) thoughtful story is enhanced with Lithuanian artist Kasparavicius's muted watercolors, whose many details from leaded glass windows to steepled rooftops lend an old-world flavor. Ages 6-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Chimney sweeps -- Fiction.
Christmas -- Fiction.
Publisher Honesdale, Pa. :Boyds Mills Press/Caroline House,2001
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Kasparavic╠îius, Ke╠Ęstutis.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 1563978040
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