Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book Review: "The Christmas Story for Children" by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill

"The Christmas Story for Children" by Max Lucado, Randy Frazee, and Karen Davis Hill is a nice version of the Christmas story.  I like how it starts out telling about the promised Messiah that the Jews were waiting for and how when the time was right, God provided special people to welcome His Son.  The subject of the virgin birth is covered in a way that young children will understand ("How can this be, I'm not married yet.")  This story covers how an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to tell him that the Holy Spirit caused Mary to be pregnant.  There was the usual trip to Bethlehem on a donkey and the inn keepers telling them there is no room in the inn.  As is also usual, Mary gave birth the night they arrived in Bethlehem (see my pet peeves about Nativity stories here)  I liked the angels that appeared to the shepherds and how their wings were almost invisible (and were clearly male).  This book doesn't cover the wise men coming at all.  One thing I really liked about "The Christmas Story for Children" was that it covered Jesus' baptism and the beginning of his earthly ministry. The artwork in the book is very colorful and clear.  They look like watercolor paintings. ;One picture that I did not like was when Jesus was being baptized, it has him only mostly submerged with John pouring water on His face.  There is also a LOT of curlicues.  It made the sheep look more like goats with the long curly fur.

"The Christmas Story for Children" is available in paperback:
  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031073598X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310735984
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches

I received a free paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own..

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