Holiday Book Review: The First Christmas Night ~ The Review Stew
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Book Review: The First Christmas Night

A book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

Now that Christmas is fast approaching, I have been reading my children Christmas books about the TRUE meaning of Christmas on a daily basis. And I have found it is really hard these days to find books about what Christmas is really about and about Jesus and his birth!

So when I saw The First Christmas Night (IDEALS Children's Books), in which Nashville composer Keith Christopher recounts the birth of Jesus to the rhythm of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, I instantly fell in love with the vivid cover and the lyrical words!

Nashville Composer Takes Young Readers to Bethlehem in a Poetic Rendering of The Birth of Jesus
’Twas the very first Christmas, when all through the town / not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound…”
So begins the story of the birth of Jesus on the very first Christmas in Bethlehem. Written as a poem modeled after “’Twas the Night before Christmas,”
The First Christmas Night (Ideals Children’s Books, October 15) rhythmically recounts the celebrated biblical story, beginning with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and moving through Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds and the visit by the Wise Men.

The First Christmas Night tells the story of Christmas to kids ages 4 to 8—to the rhythm of another classic Christmas story. In addition to simply being fun, reading books that rhyme can help develop phonological awareness in children at this age, a necessary part of developing verbal language skills and learning to read.

The book contains a back page with scripture taken from the chapters of Luke and Matthew, meant for family reading at Christmastime.

Who is it for?
· Kids ages 4 to 8 – the rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
· Family story time during the holidays
· Children’s ministers and Sunday School teachers
· Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!

If you are looking for a book to read to your children this Christmas that teaches about Jesus and his birth in a fun and rhythmic way, I highly recommend this book! It is beautifully illustrated and written!

Buy It: You can purchase The First Christmas Night book for $13.01 from

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*Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*