|The Wooden Bell (A Christmas Story) written by Francis Eugene Wood
About the book
The story focuses on Shingle, a learning impaired and nearly deaf child, who uses his wooden bell to treat his community to the joyous magic in their hearts during a Christmas play. The touching story is told to the writer by an old woman he meets while browsing through an antique store in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
- Paperback - 5 x 7
- 26 pages
A note from the author
"The Wooden Bell is truly a special story of love, faith and just a little magic. I am very thankful that it came through me. I dedicated it to my youngest son, Daniel, and just like him the story has a unique way of touching hearts. It started out as an offering to our community with a printing of 500 copies. In 30 days The Wooden Bell (A Christmas Story) went through another two printings and sold over 1,600 copies in December of 1996. It was quite a phenomenal success and is now in its third printing."
"The Wooden Bell is a perfect Christmas story. It encourages us to hear beyond what is painfully obvious in the surrounding world. It urges us to listen, instead, to that special note that carols musically inside each of us between all Christmases, incessantly and regardless of how well we can sing, and without which our collective hallelujah chorus would be one essential note short. The story affirms us all. It tolls the passing of disbelief." -- Ken Woodley, editor, The Farmville (Virginia) Herald; author
About the author
Francis Eugene Wood was born in Farmville, Virginia. He grew up in Brunswick County, near Lawrenceville, where he lived until moving back to Farmville in 1971. Francis is now General Manager of Colonial Broadcasting Company, Inc. (WFLO in Farmville). He has taught radio courses at Longwood University in Farmville and often conducts lectures concerning the broadcasting industry. He lives in a log cabin in Buckingham County, Virginia with his wife and son.
I had a wonderful childhood, a good family, and all the adventures a boy should experience. I was just a shy country boy. I did it all, from carrying papers to cutting grass, little league baseball, Boy Scouts, church and school activities. I became a part-time radio announcer when I was fifteen. I had a big imagination, too, which served me well. I loved the forests and the river and felt a kinship with nature at an early age, which I've retained throughout my life. Many of my stories come from my past.
I write about the things I know. It's not forced at all. Just real natural. When you are quiet you notice things around you. I think about a story for a while and then bolts of light begin shooting through my brain. That's when I write. I have to. No outline. No notes. Nothing fancy about it at all. I just sit down and tell the story on paper.
My stories are culled from the experiences of my life. The hardest question to answer about my stories is...'was is true?' Well, there is so much truth to them that I'd rather not say. People will label them one day. They always have to label things. I just want to tell a good story.
Each book is signed by the author.
Other books by this author
Fodder Milo Stories
Nipkins, Vol. I
Nipkins, Vol. II
Nipkins, Vol. III
Return to Winterville
Tackle Box Memories
Two Tales & a Pipe Dream
Wind Dancer's Flute