Kim C. (Phooey) reviewed A Midnight Clear: Stories for the Christmas Season on
Each Christmas Eve when John Paterson was a pastor, he read an original story to his congregation - a story that illuminated the true meaning of the Holiday season, written by his wife, two-time Newbery Medalist Katherine Paterson. Now you, too, can share them. Whether depicting a child coping with disappointment, friendship between young and old, or a couple awaiting the birth of their baby, these stories present a vision of hope and peace harking back to that first christmas over two thousand years ago. Here is the perfect holiday gift for friends, families, and church congregations - to read aloud and share throughout the Christmas season and beyond.
This book reveals the magic of Christmas in different stories. Merit Badges is a charming tale about a poor boy who befriends a rich woman and touches her heart. He is supposed to befriend a poor lonely woman and he's certain that the woman living in this rambling big house is perfect. Poor Little Innocent Lamb is about a child who is deposited upon a relative who resents her presence. The handyman recognizes that the child needs love and attention. He gives the child a lamb whose mother could only nurse one of her twins. They story develops from that point. Exultate Jubilate takes an unusual twist featuring a man who resembles the Grinch who encounters a bedraggled young man selling greens. The Handmaid of the Lord is about a minister's daughter who wants to play Mary in the Christmas pageant. It appears that she will get the part when the girl selected falls and breaks both arms. I love reading groups of short stories such as these, perhaps because the tale is so concise.
Really lovely book of short stories set during the Christmas season. This was meant as a middle grade book but I as an adult enjoyed it a lot.
Poor Little Innocent Lamb (was my fav)
The Handmaid of the Lord