Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The First Christmas Night Children's Book Review and Giveaway!

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About the Book
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. 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.

 Who is it for?
Kids ages 4-8 - 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!

The First Christmas Night 
Written by: Keith Christopher 
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages 

My Review

This is a colorful picture book about the true meaning behind Christmas-Jesus' birth. The words all rhyme and go together nicely creating a fun flow of words. The only thing that bothers me is the ending, like every other book it portrays the wise men arriving when Jesus is still a baby in the manger, which is not true. It's a nice thought but they could have changed it to him being older, I don't understand why every book changes that part of the story. Anyway the rest of the book is fun to read!

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 is 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 
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal's Children's Books. Christine's recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.

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"I received this book from Flyby Promotions for free in exchange for an honest review."

Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to Cheryl for winning! I have contacted her and the book is being shipped out soon! Thanks for stopping by!

Giveaway starts today November 13th and ends next Wednesday November 20th. FlyBy Promotions has kindly offered one copy for giveaway purposes. Sorry, U.S. entries only.

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Faithful Acres Books said...

Nice book for a giveaway right now .... and I got here nice.
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books

Sonja said...

My favorite holiday book is "The Bible".

Diane Estrella said...

I just read Itsy Bitsy Christmas and it brought tears to my eyes.

Kayla Rice said...

The blessing Jar is really good.

Diana Montgomery said...

The Christmas Story of Christ Birth.

Unknown said...

Truly my favorite Christmas book is the Bible And the Christmas Story in it
This book sounds wonderful.
God bless you
Chris Granville

Nancee said...

We all agree that the biblical Christmas story is by far our favorite, but aside from that our family enjoys The Night Before Christmas. It's a classic that adds that whimsical children's feeling to the Christmas season. Thanks so much for the wonderful review. This would be a wonderful book for my granddaughter. Thank you for this giveaway!

Unknown said...

My favorite book and story is The Christmas Story from the Bible which we read before we open presents. It's a family tradition. As for me and the children it was Twas The Night Before Christmas. The kids could not believe my Mother read that book to me. Oh, how time flies.
Barbara Thompson

Priya said...

We don't have a favorite yet....but planning to have one soon as we have just started to read story books with kids .....

Anonymous said...

My favorite is The Christmas Story from the Bible
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