Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Review: "The First Christmas Ever" by Dennis Jones

"The First Christmas Ever" is taken from the Read With Me Bible with illustrations by Dennis Jones.

The pictures are bright and colorful and reminiscent of a comic book with skinny arms and legs and big chiseled jaws for the guys.  They looked familiar to me and then I realized that Dennis Jones had done the illustrations for the NIrV Super Hero Bible I'd reviewed before!  

Overall, I thought the book was a cute book for young children.  I tend to have some pet peeves about books of the First Christmas.  
  • Jesus was born the night that they arrived in Bethlehem (I'm thinking that they were there for awhile before he was born as it would have been difficult for Mary to travel at full term)
  • Angels portrayed as females
  • Shepherds seeing the "Natal Star"
  • Wise Men visiting Jesus in the manger
And these don't include the "we don't know" factors of how they traveled to Bethlehem (usually portrayed as Mary riding a donkey), what the inn keeper said, how many wise men there were (portrayed as 3), etc.

This book has 2 of my pet peeves, those of Jesus being born the night they arrived (I've never seen a book that didn't show this) and the shepherds seeing the star.  I am very glad that it does at least show the wise men visiting when Jesus is a young child as that is what the Bible says.  

These things didn't keep me from reading the book to my kids, but I did discuss the things that differed from the Bible.

"The First Christmas Ever" is available in paperback:

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310740835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310740834
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.1 x 7.5 inches

I received a free paperback copy of this book from the ZBlogSquad in exchange for my honest opinion.

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