Friday, November 5, 2010

The Story of Christmas

Christmas is an exciting time for kids. Having a chance to slow down and reflect on the real meaning behind the holiday is just as important as the family, food, and presents. With The Story of Christmas by Gwen Ellis, you and your child get that chance.

Through ten bite-sized stories, your child will learn the essentials of the Christmas story: from Zechariah and Elizabeth being told they will have John, to Joseph's uncertainty over Mary's pregnancy, then to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus being sent to Egypt to be protected from Jesus from King Herod.

The book is cartoonishly illustrated by Steve Smallman.

What I Like: The stories share the essentials without going too in depth with certain details (like what it meant to be pregnant and unmarried.) They're the perfect length for bedtime.

Also, each story has the appropriate Scripture reference at the beginning so you can go to the Bible, if desired. At the end of each story, a question is asked for your child to reflect on. There's a game at the end of the book with the appropriate pictures from each tale that your child can use to retell the story to you.

What I Dislike: This is so minor I almost hesitate to mention it. Overall, I liked the the story and the illustrations, but there's just one part of the pictures that distracted me: the noses. I couldn't help but think of a carrot on a snowman's face every time I looked at the faces of the people.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 4 - 8.

Publisher Info: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2007; ISBN: 978-1-4003-1468-3; Hardback, 24 PGS., $7.99

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Special Info: This book is part of the Read and Share series, and was originally part of the Read and Share Bible, published in 2007. Also, some parents will want to know the face of baby Jesus is shown in many images.

We've also reviewed other books by Ms. Ellis, including others in the Read and Share series. You can find those reviews here.

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