A moving and memorable Christmas tale, Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal. Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley. But he is a gruff, cold man - no one knows of his grief for the wife and child he lost years ago. Then one day in early winter, the widow McDowell comes to call. Would Mr Toomey carve a set of nativity figures for her and her son Thomas in time for Christmas? When, reluctantly, he agrees, Jonathan Toomey's Christmas miracle begins...First published in 1995, this beautifully illustrated, award-winning story has become an established seasonal favourite with children and adults around the world.