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Publisher: Handprint Books, an Imprint of Chronicle Books, LLC,
Material: hard cover
Summary: Elaborate illustrations complement this telling of Christ's birth as described in the Bible. This is a high-quality picture book based on the Gospel of Luke.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9' read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 6 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautifully illustrated book and I love how it begins with the angel Gabriel visiting Mary, not just the last "leg" of her and Joseph's trip to the Inn. I could not help but think that this is more for collectors than children, though.
Pros: Beautifully detailed illustrations make this a wonderful read-aloud choice for Advent.
Cons: The quality of the book is such that you want to take extra special care of it ... it may appeal more to adult collectors and Sunday school teachers.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow at least. You'll want to see for yourself before deciding whether or not to add it to your personal bookshelf.
Educational Themes: This is an illustrated version of the Bible's story of Christ's birth.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - Christmas, Christian, picture book