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Summary: Simple rhyming text and a house-that-jack-built style offer young audiences the story of Christ's birth. This is a rhyming picture book that describes Jesus Christ's birth.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 5; read yourself: 4 to 6
Interest Level: 2 to 6
Reading Level: 0.8
Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because there weren't a lot of words on the page. It wasn't too many pages before she got the cadence and started guessing the rhymes. She said she liked it, but not enough to read again.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a lovely presentation for young audiences. The illustrations are beautiful but not so detailed that they overwhelm the reader. The simple text, while good for new readers, limits the audience age. This would be good for a first grader to read to younger kids.
Pros: Beautiful illustrations and rhyming text make telling the Christmas story accessible to young audiences.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. This could go either way. The younger your child, the more enjoyable the story and the longer it will last as a holiday tradition.