I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I've shared the details from the publisher near the bottom of this post. Do take a look. The first several lines of the book are included. It's written in the style of A Visit from St. Nicholas: The Night Before Christmas. The poetic cadence is soothing to the ears as a read aloud. I enjoyed the creative God honoring lines. The pictures were beautiful. I don't like silly pictures that insult a child's intelligence. Oops, you just found one of my soapboxes! I seek out books that include illustrations that are like fine art. I believe that the text and the illustrations are God honoring.
I look forward to sharing this book with my family this year and in the years to come. Oh, shhhh.... Don't tell my kids about the book.
Happy at Home
In Love with My Savior
Jesus the Christ
~~~~~From the Publisher~~~~~
About The First Christmas Night
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.
"’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."
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
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 Christine Kornacki.
Who is it for?
Kids ages 4-8 - The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read.
Laura here: I'm using this with my 12-16 year olds! If y'all like picture books, y'all aren't too old. ~smile~
Family story time during the holidays
Children's Ministers and Sunday school teachers
Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!
The First Christmas Night
Written by: Keith Christopher
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages
-Nifty Thrifty Tuesday - Tuesday Treasures - Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays - Take a Look Tuesday - Be Inspired - Backyard Farming Connection -Loving Our Children Tuesday - Teach Me Tuesdays -Tuesdays with a Twist - Inspiration Exchange- - Titus 2 Tuesday - Titus 2sday
Wow Us Wednesday - Wonderful Wednesdays - Encourage One Another Wednesdays - Making a Home - - Wholehearted Wednesdays - A Wise Woman Builds Her Home - Raising Homemakers -Welcome Home Wednesdays - Hope in Every Season - Joyous Notions Homemaking Blog Hop
Share Your up Thursday - Think Tank Thursdays - Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits - Serving Joyfully