By: Mary Joslin and Kristina Swarner
Published by: Lion
Good for: children age 5-10 years
Best bit: Lovely, whimsical artwork and a re-telling of the story which is very close to the Bible version told in Luke and Matthew. It also has a picture of Jesus as an adult on the last page, which I like as it points to His life work.
Worst bit: I’m always a bit sad when there’s a stable mentioned, as the Bible text doesn’t mention it, but it’s what most Christmas stories have in them.
The artwork in this picture storybook is quite delightful, with loads of texture and almost the feel of a lino print.
The story retelling is good, with the text very close to the Bible, meaning not much is added and it wouldn’t be a big jump for a child to move from here to reading or having it read to them from the Bible itself. I like how the angels are portrayed, especially one who has rainbow hair (!) and the wise men seem to visit Mary in a house with a toddler Jesus on her knee, which makes more sense than the traditional wise men visiting on the night He was born. Good quality printing makes this a lovely book to buy for your family or a gift for others.
Here’s what it looks and reads like inside: