Written by: Keith Christopher
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Published by: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages
I am so excited to be able to share this with you!
The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men.
’Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.
The moon shining bright in the heavens so high
gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.
The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places
with looks of contentment on each of their faces.
The simple verses will appeal to little ones while the beautiful illustrations of Christine Kornacki will capture the hearts of young and old alike.
On the very last page, the author includes the Biblical text of Matthew 2:1-2, 9b-11. I love that! After enjoying the story, you can read the Biblical account while the beautiful pictures are still fresh in your mind. Thank you Mr. Christopher, for thinking to do that!
Although this book is written with children ages 4-8 in mind, your whole family will enjoy it! In fact, out of all the books I’ve reviewed, this has to be one of my favorites and one I wish I would have had when my older boys were still little.
Whether you have little ones at home, teach Sunday School at church, or have grandchildren in your life, this book will make a wonderful addition to your holiday traditions!
If you would like to win a copy of your own to keep or give away as a gift, leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw a winner from the comments on Wednesday, November, 27th. That’s just two days away!! So hop to it, friends! You don’t want to miss this chance!
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