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Author: Nola Buck

Illustrator: Felicia Bond

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Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Books, ©1998

Material: board book

Summary: Everyone at the manger celebrating Jesus' birth describe their role. This book is for the family to share in explaining why there's a Christmas.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with child 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He likes pointing to the animals, stars and angels. Unlike the "Baby Jesus" book (also about Jesus' birth), this one doesn't prompt her to sit down and read with us.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is melodic, and the rhythm is reminiscent of "Jesus our Brother," a carol we sang as children. The illustrations are great: colorful without being overdone.

Pros: The story is presented simply, perfect for the youngest readers. Having everyone speak for themselves is a neat idea.

Cons: The style may be TOO simple.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. There are several toddler-aged books out there that you may find explain this better.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BABY JESUS (Baby's First Bible Stories)   THE CHRISTMAS STORY (Usborne Young Bible Tales)  

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

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - holiday, religion & ethics

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2003

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