The First Christmas, by Janice Green and illustrated by Violet Vandor, tells the account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Adults and children alike will enjoy snuggling up to share these thirteen colorful scenes and the engaging discussion questions as this timeless story unfolds. Even older readers may be surprised to learn something new as they read again of the Messiah's birth.
My take on this book:
The First Christmas is more than just another retelling of the birth of Jesus Christ. The author provides additional information that I haven't really read before in other Christmas stories such as how Mary's cousin Elizabeth was pregnant at the same time allowing readers to learn about the birth of John. I also learned why Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem. The author provides interactive questions at the end of each page that will have youngsters not only talking about what they just read, but will help them better understand the story by posing questions that pertain to what is going on in the story. Beautiful illustrations certainly capture the eye and will have the imagination soaring, but it is the additional information woven into The First Christmas that makes this book a outstanding read. Great for young and old alike, a retelling like none I have ever read! I can see the reading of this book becoming a new Christmas tradition in my home. Highly recommended!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.