Friday, December 11, 2009

The Story of Christmas - A Book Review

This time of year when everyone is running around buy presents, baking yummy treats and decorating as if we are Martha Stewarts it is very easy to forget that this holiday is to celebrate the birth of Jesus.   I was given a chance to review a childrens book about the true meaning of the season.

The Story of Christmas from the Read and Share™ Bible is a colorful retelling of the birth of Christ and the events surrounding it.

Based on the International Children’s Bible, this book begins with the birth of John the Baptist. Next comes the angel appearing first to Mary, then to Joseph, the trip to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, the angel’s announcement to the shepherds, the wise men and their gifts, fleeing to Egypt, and at last heading home to Nazareth. The “Can You Retell the Story” activity at the end of the book is a fun way for children to learn to tell the story themselves.

The animated DVD includes a 15-minute story plus coloring pages and other bonus features.

This book is a very basic telling of the story and would be very appropriate for all ages. It is easy to read and at the end, you get to pick through pictures so you can re-tell the story. The DVD contains short stories about Jesus growing up as well as coloring pages.

This book and DVD set is a good introduction into the meaning of Christmas for the younger children.  I highly recommend this book for preschool children to start teaching them that this holiday is not just about getting presents.

I was provided this book / DVD set to review by Thomas Nelson


  1. Funny how my first instinct when I see the story of Christmas is to think "Santa Claus"

  2. I thought I already left you a comment...maybe I was talking to you on the phone instead. I dont know. My brain isnt working. ugh.

    Nice review. Can I borrow the book sometime?


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