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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (132 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Richards Narrator: Emily Janice Card, Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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When the Pullman family lost their eldest son to an unexpected illness just before Christmas, it was devastating, especially to four-year-old Suzanna who shared a special bond with her big brother. Suzanna grew up to be a famous artist, but to her family, that last painting she made for her big brother was her most important work. This is the story of that gift and how it inspired the Pullman family to keep alive the spirit of love, imagination, and hope for generations to come. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Howald | 2/19/2014

    " Such an incredibly simple and powerful story. I found myslf desiring the final chapter even as I knew how it would end. And I did drop a couple of tears as i contemplated trully knowing and being known. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 2/17/2014

    " We all know I'm a sap. Especially when it comes to Christmas stories. Tropes and stereotypes I might find annoying in any other book are usually overlooked if the book is a Christmas tale. Card's short book is rife with sentiment and a certain kind of predictability, but I enjoyed it anyway. When the oldest son of a family dies in his sleep just before Christmas, his four year old sister completes the drawing she was making for him as a Christmas present, and it becomes a part of the family's holiday tradition for the rest of their lives. A heartwarming story and an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed this novella. I know it's not Christmas, but I saw it in the sampler room of the library, it was short, and I noticed that OSC wrote it, so I gave it a shot. The narrative is simple and flowing and the story is very touching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni (jenniloveselvis) | 1/24/2014

    " I really don't recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie | 1/20/2014

    " I read this book around Christmas time. It is simply written and I enjoyed a couple of points it made, chiefly that grief is another name for love. Good for a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 1/20/2014

    " Touching novella; often simplistic in style, but that is part of this book's charm. It read like non-fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 1/19/2014

    " I read this on my mom's kindle. The story moves quickly and it was easy to read. It was a tear-jerker though. I cried several times while reading it. It is just a very real story about life and loss and love and tradition. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Maxwell | 1/17/2014

    " First half was very good then the transitions were not great - jumped too many years. Has a good message and if you just need a fast read - I would recommend - but over all, rate just as ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 1/16/2014

    " Zanna's Gift is a pleasant little book to read around Christmas time, much like The Christmas Box. It is actually written by Orson Scott Card. I didn't love the writing style but I didn't mind reading it once, especially since it's so short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 1/2/2014

    " This book is actually written by Orson Scott Card. . .I'm not sure why he used a different pen-name. It's very simple and beautiful. Not a typical Card book, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 11/15/2013

    " This is a really great feel good Christmas story about family, love, grief, trials and living....I really enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 10/31/2013

    " Loved this book. Made me wish I was a better sister, mother and friend. Love Card in general. I'm giving this book as a Christmas present to all my family this year! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 10/23/2013

    " A very thought-provoking Christmas read! Not a very long book at all but one I enjoyed very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/3/2013

    " This book was written by Orson Scott Card writing as Scott Richards. It was a good short story, though not specifically a Christmas one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenna | 10/5/2012

    " Nice little Christmas Story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolyn | 7/13/2012

    " Wonderful story! It made me cry (which really isnt that hard to do with a good story) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 7/9/2012

    " Nicely restrained in terms of the sentimental-Christmas trap, but this is a loose, rambley narrative. Some of the most interesting strands, like a potentially psychopathic young cousin, are dropped while new "beloved" characters are introduced abruptly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 3/30/2012

    " I couldn't put it down and read it all in one morning. It starts with a tragedy and deals with how to move on in meaningful ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trudy | 2/5/2012

    " Zanna's Gift is a short, sentimental tear-jerker, not so much about Christmas as it is about loss and grief. It is poignant and tender, and delivers enough genuine feeling to allow the reader to forgive and forget any overdone sweetness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Pelot | 11/25/2011

    " OSC is so good at telling a beautiful story. This one is short, but at many times touching. Just one more reason I love OSC. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Karlee | 9/23/2011

    " This was a nice read around Christmas time. A simple story, and yet very poignant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 8/4/2011

    " Tear jerking for sure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Bailey | 6/26/2011

    " A lovely Christmas read. All about family and tradition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 5/11/2011

    " Orson Scott Card wrote this book under a pen name, and while the writing style is so different from his science fiction, I enjoyed it. The form is similar to Richard Paul Evans, but I prefer Card's writing. This is a touching Christmas story about love and family and how to cope with loss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janette | 3/18/2011

    " Book on CD, well done. Nice little "feel good" story that begins when Zanna is 4 and goes until she is a grandma. All about family and love, also about grieving. Message of the story is grieving is loving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tal | 1/14/2011

    " as a whole, i thought this was a sad and sweet story. i think one of the things card is good at is building an emotional story. (i've seen it in some of his sci-fi work.) there was still some of the unbelievable dialog in there, but the story still won over that. i really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 8/21/2010

    " A nice very short Christmas story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolyn | 6/10/2010

    " Wonderful story! It made me cry (which really isnt that hard to do with a good story) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsti | 12/29/2009

    " This book is actually written by Orson Scott Card. . .I'm not sure why he used a different pen-name. It's very simple and beautiful. Not a typical Card book, but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/17/2009

    " Such an incredibly simple and powerful story. I found myslf desiring the final chapter even as I knew how it would end. And I did drop a couple of tears as i contemplated trully knowing and being known. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/16/2009

    " I really enjoyed this novella. I know it's not Christmas, but I saw it in the sampler room of the library, it was short, and I noticed that OSC wrote it, so I gave it a shot. The narrative is simple and flowing and the story is very touching. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 2/5/2009

    " Zanna's Gift is a pleasant little book to read around Christmas time, much like The Christmas Box. It is actually written by Orson Scott Card. I didn't love the writing style but I didn't mind reading it once, especially since it's so short. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 1/16/2009

    " I couldn't put it down and read it all in one morning. It starts with a tragedy and deals with how to move on in meaningful ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 1/7/2009

    " Orson Scott Card wrote this book under a pen name, and while the writing style is so different from his science fiction, I enjoyed it. The form is similar to Richard Paul Evans, but I prefer Card's writing. This is a touching Christmas story about love and family and how to cope with loss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/6/2009

    " A little Christmas treasure I gifted to myself this year! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janie | 12/27/2008

    " I read this book around Christmas time. It is simply written and I enjoyed a couple of points it made, chiefly that grief is another name for love. Good for a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tal | 12/14/2008

    " as a whole, i thought this was a sad and sweet story. i think one of the things card is good at is building an emotional story. (i've seen it in some of his sci-fi work.) there was still some of the unbelievable dialog in there, but the story still won over that. i really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 12/13/2008

    " This book was written by Orson Scott Card writing as Scott Richards. It was a good short story, though not specifically a Christmas one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Karlee | 12/11/2008

    " This was a nice read around Christmas time. A simple story, and yet very poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/4/2008

    " Sweet, short story. Scott Richards is actually Orson Scott Card (I didn't know he ever used a different name). This is just a small Christmas story that is predictably inspiring for the holiday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 12/1/2008

    " A lovely Christmas read. All about family and tradition. "

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