Add to this Williamson's simple text; it covers the basics of the story. An angel tells Mary she's going to have a "very special baby." An angel also tells Joseph, to whom Mary is engaged. They are married and go to Bethlehem "to be counted." There is no inn for them to stay in, but one inn keeper offers his stable. Soon Mary's baby is born. "We must call him Jesus - as the angel told me," Mary says as she lays him in the manger. An angel tells shepherds there is a "baby who will save the world" nearby; they kneel down before the baby. In the East, some wise men who study the stars notice an unusual one and say "that means a great is King is born." They go to Jerusalem and meet the King there, then go on to Bethlehem. When they give Jesus' their gifts while kneeling before him, Jesus is correctly shown as a toddler.
What I Like: There is lots of kid appeal in the "tab" pages and the illustrations and the text is straightforward and gives just the right amount of information for the younger crowd.
What I Dislike: Parents will need to explain just why Jesus was a "special baby" and "King."
Publishing Info: Candle Books; 2012; ISBN: 978-1859859346; board book, 12 pgs., $7.99.
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