Saturday, November 30, 2013

The First Christmas Night Book Review AND Giveaway

The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men.  The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich acrylic illustrations of Laura Jacques. 
I was really excited about reviewing this book because I love anything Christmas, especially things I can do with my children and remind them of the true meaning of Christmas. This 32 page, hardcover, beautifully written and illustrated book is intended for children ages 4 - 8. The pages are filled with eye catching pictures and my children intently listen to the rhyming of the words on each page.
This is unlike any other Christmas story we've read. I love at the end of the book they included the Biblical First Christmas from Luke 2:1, 4-16, 20 and Matthew 2:1-2, 9b-11.
This book is very enjoyable to read! A family favorite for sure!
Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.
The moon shining bright in the heavens so high
gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.
The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places
with looks of contentment on each of their faces.
This is a must have to add to your family traditions this holiday season and for years to come.
About the author - Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
About the Illustrator - At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal's Children's Books. Christine's recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut. 
You can find The First Christmas Night at ideals books for $16.99.
I'm also giving away one copy of this beautiful book! Enter below for your chance to add this book to your library just in time for the holidays!

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