Posts tagged with Christmas
3 December 2014 - Book Review: Christmas Wombat
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The gently ironic humor of the original books is continued here, and several jokes are repeated, enhancing the comic effect. French’s text is again very spare, and the story is beautifully paced, with a satisfying conclusion. Since several jokes depend on their repetition from previous books, it’ll be best appreciated by kids who have experienced the original Diary of a Wombat. And it’s so clearly make-believe that it shouldn’t matter whether the audience believes in Santa.
30 November 2014 - Book Review: Advent: Remembering How Jesus Came And Will Come Again
Advent Remembering How Jesus Came And Will Come Again by 25 Daily Readings for Families to Share at Christmas Time | Make Your Own Book Rating: Emily Campbell, a pastor’s wife at Sovereign Grace Church in Spotsylvania, VA, has put together a lovely Advent reader. It can be used on its own, but it’s designed [...]
29 November 2014 - Book Review: Christ in Christmas: A Family Advent Celebration
Age 08-12. 4 Stars. If you like the versions of the Bible used, on most days this book provides a low-effort, off-the-shelf reading to focus your attention on Christ. The Sunday devotionals require some preparation and thought, especially if you want to contextualize the essays so your particular age group can understand them. If you have a mix of teens and younger children, this book could make a nice bridge, providing mature discussion for those who are old enough for it, and a hands-on activity to engage the younger kids.
28 November 2014 - Book Review: The Nativity
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. 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.
28 November 2014 - Book Review: A Family Advent
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is an easy-to-use resource for parents who want a zero-prep, brief devotional for a busy holiday season. It’s easy to read, reasonably engaging, and everyone will learn something. The suggested activities are well-chosen, except perhaps for stargazing in December (brr). It’s best suited to an upper-elementary audience, but readings are brief enough that smaller kids will probably sit through it.
22 December 2011 - Book Review: A Christmas Carol
Rating: In Charles Dickens’ classic masterpiece, the miserable Scrooge is given a chance to repent of his selfish lifestyle when he is visited by four spirits — first, his tormented former business partner, sentenced to wander the netherworld until he has atoned for his sins — and then three “Spirits of Christmas,” who show him [...]
29 November 2010 - Book Review: Apple Tree Christmas
Age 04-08. The Ansterbergs live in the end of their old barn which they share with their animals, and they look forward to the time when Papa will be able to build them a real house. Every Fall they harvest the apples from their old apple tree… the effect is of a deeply joyful experience of a strong family which chooses to embrace love, hard work, and determination in the face of significant challenges.
4 October 2010 - Book Review: A New Coat for Anna
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. Based on a true story, this book dramatizes all the steps in old-fashioned textile production… Mother’s quiet persistence in providing for her daughter provides an example of love, courage and ingenuity in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.
22 August 2010 - Book Review: One Wintry Night
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. There are a many well-written, poorly illustrated Bible storybooks, and even more well-illustrated versions which drift from the original meaning of the biblical text. Ruth Bell Graham’s Christmas Bible storybook, illustrated by award-winning artist Richard Jesse Watson, is visually one of the best Bible picture books I have seen, while remaining close to the original text of the Bible.
23 December 2009 - Book Review: Christmas in the Barn
Age 00-04. 3 Stars. This book is a kind of combination of a traditional Nativity retelling and the popular board book Big Red Barn… The illustrations… depict a modern couple having a baby in an American-style barn… The text doesn’t flow as well as Brown’s other books, but it’s a pretty good one-time read.
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