There are no bells and whistles with this book - no tabs or changing pictures or lift the flaps. It is very basic with simple illustrations by Jo Perry/ It's even very small (just 5 x 0.3 x 5 inches.) But it does the job.
The book begins with an angel visiting Mary, telling her she'll have a "special" baby and she should name him Jesus. Next we see Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem. She is tired and there's no place to stay, but a kind man lets them sleep in the stable. Soon baby Jesus is born in the stable and Mary puts him in the "animals' feed box." In nearby fields, an angel tells some shepherds about the birth and the shepherds kneel before the child. Later, when Jesus is older, some wise men follow a star in the sky and visit the child, binging him gifts.
What I Like: This is a very good introduction to the story of Jesus' birth. The details are accurate, only the basics are covered, and the illustrations are attractive (and the text brief ), keeping young children interested.
What I Dislike: The story does end abruptly, and like almost every children's Christmas book, the importance of Jesus' birth isn't explained. But that just makes for interesting conversations after reading the book.
Publishing Info: Candle Books; 2012; ISBN: 978-1859859216; board book, 12 pgs., $3.99.
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