Published in Fall 2012 to glowing reviews, The Lost Christmas Gift quickly sold through its first printing to become a holiday hit and instant Christmas classic. Andrew Beckham's poignant tale features an exquisite book lovingly handmade by a father to show his son what really happened during an adventure they shared one blizzard Christmas Eve. Sixty years after his father left to be a mapmaker in the war in Europe, Emerson Johansson received a package that had been lost in the mail for decades. A remarkable book, lovingly handmade by his father, details an extraordinary adventure they shared together just months before his departure. Setting out into the mountains on Christmas Eve to cut a tree, they find themselves in a dangerous blizzard. Lost in the snow, they are helped by a mysterious silvery man who does not speak but leaves them a series of gifts that help them find their way home. The enigmatic man's image is not captured in the photographs the boy took with his new camera, pictures he believed, until now, were long lost. Little did he know that his father had taken the photographs with him to the battlefield. Featuring a lively combination of maps, vellum overlays, drawings, watercolors, and photographs, The Lost Christmas Gift faithfully reproduces the mysterious present, lost in the mail for decades, revealing that the silvery man in the woods who helped them get home was, in fact, no stranger, but somebody well-known to us all.
Appeared on numerous bestseller lists and holiday gift guides
"We all fell in love with this book...It's just the perfect book for the season." Heather Duncan, Tattered Cover Book Store, as quoted in the Denver Post
"Youngsters and adults will appreciate the simple spell this lovely and unusual book casts." School Library Journal
"I was deeply touched by a most extraordinary new work that is destined to become a yuletide classic."
"Like me, you will marvel at this tale. And perhaps have a tear in your eye by book's end." San Jose Mercury News "The Lost Christmas Gift is a beauty, a holiday charmer." Albuquerque Journal "Every now and then a holiday book captures the season with cross-generational appeal convincing enough to keep young readers guessing, and memorable enough it might be worth making a holiday tradition." FeltandWire.com
San Jose Mercury News:
"I was deeply touched by a most extraordinary new work that is destined to become a yuletide classic. The Lost Christmas Gift, sensitively written by Andrew Beckham, is a book within a book. It is the remarkable story of a superbly handcrafted tome sent to a boy by his mapmaker dad deployed to Europe during World War II. The parcel, however, gets lost in the mail. Seven decades later, it arrives -- to the stupendous joy of the recipient. Like me, you will marvel at this tale. And perhaps have a tear in your eye by book's end."
"A new take on an ancient story."
Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams and Of Wolves and Men:
"In The Lost Christmas Gift, Andrew Beckham brings us a wondrous, eerily timeless story about love, survival, war, ceremony, family, and magic. He delivers us to the realm of the marvelous."
"You could buy this for the production values alone, but the story is absolutely mesmerizing. A parcel arrives, lost in the mail since World War II. Inside is a handmade book from a father to his little boy at home, tracing a winter adventure with photos, drawings, and delicate maps. Youll ask yourself if the package is real. It doesnt matter."