Monday, November 5, 2012

Christ's Cake

Jackson’s fifth birthday is in November. He gets very excited about having a party and a cake. He says, “I love my birthday!”

When he learns from his teacher that Jesus’ birthday is in December and Jesus doesn’t get a cake, Jackson asks his mom if it’s okay for him to make a cake for Jesus’ birthday. Jackson’s mom assures him that will be fine but she wonders if he’ll remember when the time comes. Not only does Jackson remember, after having a dream, he helps his family bake a special cake for Christmas, for Christ’s birthday.

Christ’s Cake, written by Carolyn Snelling, is a delightful Christmas story that celebrates a very special occasion. As it says on the back cover of the book, “A young child, a birthday cake, our Savior – a recipe for a perfect Christmas celebration.” That about sums it up.

The illustrations by Lon Eric Craven are colorful, expressive and very life-like. They help add to the beauty of this story and this book.

The author includes a Biblical reference at the front of the book, Mark 10:14: “…He said to them; ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” The author also includes two pages in the back of the book for children to color.

What I Like: Almost everything.

What I Dislike: I like everything but the cost. This is a delightful book but I think the price ($21.99) is a bit high for a paperback book, even one as nice as this.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 4-8.

Publisher Info: Tate Publishing, 2012; ISBN: 9781622951796; Paperback, $21.99.

Special Info: Read our reviews of other books illustrated by Lon Eric Craven.

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