First Christmas Ever (Saddle Stitch)
This retelling of the Christmas story is perfect for little hearts and is just the right size
for little hands. Using the vibrant and popular artwork of Dennis Jones, The First Christmas Ever will captivate young readers as they discover the story of Jesus’ birth.
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The First Christmas Ever is a children’s book, recommended for ages 4-8 years of age. Even though this book is recommended for ages 4-8, it also can be read to children of much younger years. (My son is just 5-months old and he displayed interest in the story and pictures while I read it to him.) The wording throughout the book is easy-to-understand. The illustrations are full of color and expression. However, I did discover that the size of the book is much smaller than I first thought, providing smaller hands with a better grasp of the book and its pages. It also went beyond the birth of Jesus to give a brief summary of Jesus’ life after being baby, which I did not expect.
The First Christmas Ever gives an accurate account of the Biblical events which occurred concerning the birth of Jesus. The wording is different than the Bible, providing easier reading for younger readers. I enjoyed the part of the story which shows the Wise Men showing up after the birth of Jesus, when Jesus and His family are living in a house, instead of in the stable where Jesus was born. To me that is a more accurate telling of the events than most other portrayals of the Biblical story.
I would highly recommend The First Christmas Ever to all! Especially as a traditional telling of the birth of Jesus at Christmas time and as a reminder throughout the year.