With bright illustrations and an engaging narrative, this gentle story captures all the wonder and excitement of the first Christmas day. (Ages 2-5)
The story of Jesus' birth is among the best-known and best-loved stories in the world. Vivian French offers a simple retelling that follows Mary and Joseph as they journey to Bethlehem and celebrate the birth of Jesus with the shepherds and wise men. Complemented by Jane Chapman's vivid and joyful illustrations, here is a Christmas story that is sure to appeal to the youngest of children.
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Vivian French has written dozens of acclaimed books for children, including POLLY'S PINK PAJAMAS; YUCKY WORMS; GROWING FROGS; T. REX; CATERPILLAR, CATERPILLAR; A PRESENT FOR MOM; and I LOVE YOU, GRANDPA. She is also the author of the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jane Chapman has illustrated many books for children, including TIGRESS by Nick Dowsen, ONE TINY TURTLE by Nicola Davies, THE EMPEROR'S EGG by Martin Jenkins, and ONE DUCK STUCK by Phyllis Root. She lives in Dorset, England.
PreS-Gr 2-This story of Jesus's birth begins with the angel Gabriel's appearance to Mary and proceeds through the journey to Bethlehem and the visitation to the manger by the shepherds and wise men. The straightforward retelling is made accessible to beginning readers through its controlled vocabulary, large print, and brief text. It also makes a good read-aloud for young children. The cartoonlike watercolor paintings nicely complement the presentation with just enough detail to flesh out the simple narrative. A joyful and readable introduction to the Nativity.-M.W.
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