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Friday, November 28, 2014

Win a Retelling of the Christmas Story for Children (with pictures :)

Linda McQuinn's Review of The First Christmas
 If you're looking for a book to share the biblical Christmas story with your kids this season, this is a great one! It's for slightly older children due to the amount of text on each page, maybe ages six to ten.

The things I liked most about The First Christmas were:

  1. Biblical accuracy. I like that it tells the story as the Bible does, but does so in easy-to-understand terms a child can understand. 
  2. Simple text. Even though there is considerable text on each page, it is written simply. Yet it doesn't dumb it down to baby talk, either, which shows respect for the child.
  3. Thought provoking interaction. At the end of each page, Green asks questions to draw the child into the story and help him relate to the characters. For instance, when telling the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth expecting their baby, John, Green asks the reader: If someone told you a very old lady was going to have a baby, would you believe it? How do you think Zechariah told his wife about the angel's message without talking?
  4. Coloring page illustrations. The pictures are simply drawn, which I believe will appeal to children.
  5. Family activity at the end. I love that this book ends with the fun family activity of making a Bible quilt, Christmas tree skirt, tablecloth, or wall hanging out of the illustrations. Green gives instructions on how to do this and offers alternative ways to complete it. What a terrific family keepsake! 
You can also use The First Christmas as a family advent devotional. Green explains how in her blog post on Christian Children's Authors. You can find similar activities and resources at Janice Green's website:

I highly recommend this book as a resource for teaching your children the true meaning of Christmas in a fun, interactive way.

Enter to win a paperback copy of the First Christmas.  Way too complicated?
Just comment below (and sign up for my email list so I can email you when you win your prize. I promise I won't spam you!)
Janice Green
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  1. Hi Anne!

    This book sounds so interesting! I love how it can tell my daughter the true meaning of Christmas but at the same time, make it fun for her.

    Hoping you could drop by my blog, too, and maybe follow it using the Google Friend Connect widget.

    Thank you! 😀

    1. Thanks for replying! :) I will check out your blog. I've never used the Google Friend Connect widget, but I want to look into it now. Does it work on blogger?

  2. I've been looking for something like this for my little kids! I would love to read it to them this year!

  3. Hello Anne. Thanks for another review. I have many little ones to buy gifts for so would love to win. Thanks, Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <