Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Bible Friends

Christmas Bible Friends is a super simple and effective way to begin teaching the story of Jesus' birth to very young children. Each two page spread in this heavy duty board book by Karen Williamson features a modern-day child on the left hand side of the page, along with a question. The opposite side of the page shows something related to the birth of Christ, along with a tabbed section to open up. Beneath, the answer to the question, along with an appropriate illustration, is given.

The first page asks "Who did Mary meet?" Lift the tabbed picture of a young biblical shepherd and you'll find the answer: "An angel," along with a drawing of one.

The next two page spread asks: "Where did baby Jesus sleep?" The answer, under the tab, is "In a manger." Then,  "Who did the shepherds visit?" "Baby Jesus." And so on, until the book ends with: "Everyone was happy when Jesus was born."

What I Like: I was pleasantly surprised by this little volume. First of all, the book is high quality. I've never seen such a thick, sturdy board book. Even the tabs, which are so often flimsy, are thick enough even the most rambunctious toddler couldn't tear them off. The concept of the book is also great, especially if you have a child who can't sit through your average nativity book. I also like the illustrations by Mike Byrne. They show cute, friendly people of any ethnicities and use lots of bold but attractive color.

What I Dislike: Nothing. Although you shouldn't expect this book to thoroughly explain the story of Jesus' birth. Think of it as a baby and toddler friendly introduction.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: baby - toddler

Publishing Info: Candle Books; 2012; ISBN: 978-1859859353; board book, 10 pgs., $9.99.

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