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BABY JESUS (Baby's First Bible Stories)

Author: retold by Allia Zobel-Nolan

Illustrator: Moira MacLean

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Publisher: Reader's Digest Children's Publishing, Inc.,

Material: board book

Summary: The story of Christ's birth, as written in the Gospel of Luke, is retold at a child's level. Like all Bible stories, this is one to be shared as a family. It's a modestly detailed description that parents may find useful.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Reading Level: 3.2

Age of Child: Started reading with a child 18 months old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He asks for this periodically throughout the year.

Adult Reader Reaction: We haven't limited this story to just Christmas, so it gets read regularly. There is plenty of story to tell…without getting into concepts kids won't understand. Perfectly suitable for toddlers (even though the recommended age range is 5 to 8). We like this version the best.

Pros: The story is more detailed than many of the others we've seen. It will sound closer to what s/he hears in church, too.

Cons: None, really. The story stops with the arrival of the shepherds. There are no Magi.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an easy one for taking to church.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CHRISTMAS IN THE MANGER   THE CHRISTMAS STORY (Usborne Young Bible Tales)  

Educational Themes: You can teach the story of Christ's birth.

Notes: Out of Print. Copies available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, Christmas, Christian

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003

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