Book Review: The Nativity

Rating: ★★★★☆

How do you engage preschoolers in an Advent ceremony? One way is to get this beautiful pop-up book, illustrated in Renaissance style, that tells the story of Jesus’ birth in simple prose. The illustrations are quite pretty, and the pop-up pages are well designed. Many of them have pieces that move when tabs are pulled.

If biblical accuracy is important to you, you will want to know that the story has details that are different from what is written in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20.  It shows Mary riding a donkey, where the Bible doesn’t mention one; it has the angels singing when they announce Christ’s birth to the shepherds, where the Scripture just describes them praising God; and it has the ox and ass breathing on baby Jesus to keep him warm. If this bothers you, you could just skip those parts or read the original scripture passages instead.

This book is best used with adult participation, since preschoolers will quickly destroy the fragile cutout pieces if left alone with it. It’s surprisingly expensive on Amazon, but you can find it used at

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Publication Information: Crespi, Francesca. Nativity, The. Frances Lincoln Childrens Books. 2005. ISBN: 1845073436.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on November 28, 2014

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