Friday, November 26, 2010

Lift-the-Flap Christmas Stories

Breaking the biblical Christmas story down into seven one-paragraph stories, Lift-the-Flap Christmas Stories by Christine Goodings is simple and entertaining enough for even really young kids. The illustrations by Annabel Hudson are bright and attractive - and of course the lift-the-flap feature is a big hit with the younger set.

The story of Jesus' birth is told in a down to earth manner: A young girl about to marry Joseph meets an angel who says, "God wants you to be the mother of his Son, Jesus." Joseph did "what he knew was right" and took care of Mary and her baby. They travel to Bethlehem where they "declare [they] are family." There's no room at the inn, so they stay in a stable with the animals. Shepherds are visited by angels who tell them God's Son is born. They travel to town and see baby Jesus in the manger. From far away, three wise men visit, bearing gifts for the newborn king.

Each two page spread features two flaps for children to lift.

What I Like: This little book does a better job of explaining who Jesus is and why he's important than most books for young children do. The colorful illustrations are appealing to both my two year old and my five year old - and both of them adore lift-the-flap stories.

What I Dislike: My only concern is that while the pages in this book are heavier than average, they are not made of even very thin cardboard. Will my two year old rip the flaps? So far he hasn't, but I do keep the book up high, for viewing only with Mommy.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Age Appeal: According to the publisher, ages 4 to 8, but I'd say toddler to first grade or so.

Publishing Info: Lion, 2010; ISBN: 978-0745962030; hardback, 16 pgs., $12.99.

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