I was on the lookout for something to read to my little one when I ran across this story. I love reading about Christmas anytime of the year, and this short story was a perfect escape from the heat. This is a wonderful inspirational story for people of all ages. Thomas loses his parents on his voyage to America, but he gains a whole new one at the orphanage. His Christmas at the orphanage brought both tears of sadness and joy to my eyes.
It really is a heartwarming, inspirational story. I loved how the orange symbolized freedom to Thomas's father and this was passed on to him through the taste of the orange. I was completely enthralled by the children's response to Thomas's harsh punishment on Christmas. It's so easy to get stuck believing the worst of people. This story is a great reminder of, among many other things, of the sweetness of children and the good in all of us.
I will be reading more of these stories. I know my little one will love it when he is just a little older (I'd say this story would appeal to children 7 years and up, mine's a little younger). Highly recommend as a quick, heartwarming read for children and adults alike!