The Christmas Letter  -     By: Kevin Prochaska
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The Christmas Letter

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Viola Martin was a letter carrier who had pressed through snow and sleet, rain and scorching heat to deliver what was, to her, precious mail. She had seen much in her 50 years as a postal worker and shared in both the triumphs and tragedies of those on her mail route. As the touching story unfolds, Viola enters an unexpected friendship with Jimmy, her inquisitive and compassionate grandson whose family recently moved back into town. Viola thinks her useful days are over, but she doesn't count on Jimmy's regular visits which challenge her to reach out beyond herself. When one of Jimmy's schoolmates loses her home to a devastating fire, Viola's anonymous act of generosity saves his friend's Christmas and convinces Jimmy that she is indeed his hero.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Evergreen Press
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1581692048
ISBN-13: 9781581692044
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....."'The Christmas Letter' is very highly recommended to all readers all year round who are searching for a well crafted novel with page after page of engaged storytelling." Midwest Book Review May 2006

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  1. MJM
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 28, 2006
    MJM
    This is a wonderful, sensitive, heart-warming book for the holidays! A grat gift for adults and young adults. After reading The Christmas Letter, it filled me with a yearning to sit down with my own grandmother and ask her to tell me about her life. I wish I could have known her better. Thanks to Kevin Prochaska for such a satisfying read!
  2. Kathleen Fleiszar
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 24, 2006
    Kathleen Fleiszar
    A delightful, warm story that anyone who loved a grandparent will enjoy! This book is a great gift for that young person in your life.
  3. Vicki Sandlin
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 14, 2006
    Vicki Sandlin
    A wonderful, well written book that fills you with the wonder and magic of the Christmases of your youth. If you still have eldery grandparents or parents in your life, give them this book for Christmas, then sit down and listen to their stories...they are the only ones who can tell them.
  4. John Clancy
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 12, 2006
    John Clancy
    I received this book as a gift. I am a retired Language Arts teacher and was truly inspired after reading this well thought out book. I look forward to the next one.
  5. Rita Hohman
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 12, 2006
    Rita Hohman
    Thank you for writing this book, Kevin! I have the honor of teaching the children of the author and the beauty of the book reflects me to look at my life as a person, mother, wife and teacher. The relationship with Kevin and his family brings out the quality of writing in this book. I have given many of these books to family and friends as gifts and look forward to the next book. A must read.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Kevin Prochaska
Located in: Kennesaw, GA
Submitted: October 17, 2006

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I am the tenth of thirteen children and hold a Master of Science Degree in Geology. I have worked in the oil fields of Texas, prospecting for oil and gas, and also worked all over the US and Europe in the environmental industry. For the past few years I have been a stay at home father, taking care of four children, coaching soccer, volleyball, and baseball for my kids' teams, and caring for the house while my professor wife teaches college courses. And, of course, after all that is done, I write books.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I have always been excited about the coming of the Christmas season and wanted to write a book that would be on the shelves every Christmas so readers could enjoy this wonder story of a boy and his grandmother and her love of the Christmas season. I began putting ideas together about events that happened to me as a boy. My memory of my mother was so vivid, and her influence on me so strong, I could not write this story without putting her in it, and she eventually became the main character. I have had so many people, even a lot of men, tell me how deeply moved and inspired they were by reading this story.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope that people will find that a young boy or gir can indeed influence a disheartened elderly person, and discover that youth can renew in these old people a feeling that they have accomplished wonderful things on this earth, and that what they have done is worthy of note, and thus they can be proud of all the good they have done years after these tasks have been completed. This story is also about the dignity of the human mind and body, and how they should be kept and cherishe, even with the encroachment of old age.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The main character in the book was inspired by my own mother, a sweet and devout women who raised thirteen children while working full time. When she wasn't working, she was raising chickens for eggs and food, and she also maintained an acre garden from which she canned gallons of vegetables to get us through the winter months. She taught me the value of being proud of work well done, and to her there were no gray areas. Something was either black or it was white, either good or bad. I believe Heaven is a little better place with her up there.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This wonderful story can be read by all ages, and I have received glowing comments from readers from all over the country, and from many walks of life. I am presently finishing "The Rafters of the Lord" a book about a disillutioned Mulatto man who is disgusted with his life because of his race, and has also abandoned his faith. But a return to the Christian school he attended as a boy awakens both his pride and his lost faith. It is short but packs a tremendous punch. I am working also on a great story called "The Francis Tree" about a boy who follows a crippled rabbit into a tree and stumbles upon animal heaven. I have really unleashed my imagination in this one!

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