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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.
I’m a sucker for books surrounding the true reason why we celebrate Christmas and The First Christmas Night was one book that I couldn’t pass up! It’s lyrical prose wraps one in a comforting story about Christ’s humble birth but who will ultimately bring Salvation to mankind for those accept His gift. Enter the stable as Mary lays eyes on the King for the first time and like all moms counts his fingers and toes and love overwhelms her as she ponders and treasures all these things. Even though as adults, we know that deep down Mary had to have some fears at first – what new mom doesn’t worry what will happen during birth and in rough circumstances no less? We also know that the Wise Men didn’t arrive until Jesus was older, but regardless this will make teaching young children about that first Christmas special and illuminating the actual Biblical text of that one Child who was given from God.
The illustrations aren’t whimsical or child-like, they are quite realistic and one can imagine themselves staring into Mary, Joseph’s and Jesus’ faces as they look upon each other. The bright star actually seems to jump from the pages and light up – which is a wonderful job from the illustrator, Christine Kernacki – that she bring that light and make it so real. The price is $16.99 but this beautiful hard cover with dust jacket book has a price that is far beyond that – if parents can begin in teaching their children the Gift that was given us at a young age then this book is priceless and I’m happy to add it to my bookshelf for all of my children. Even though the age range says 4 to 8 all three of my children ages 11 years and down enjoy this book and it’s illustrations. At the end of the book the Scripture from Luke and Matthew are written out so that all the wonder of Christ’s birth can be read as it’s written in the Bible.
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