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Countdown To Christmas (My First Read and Learn) Board book – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: My First Read and Learn
  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545165091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545165099
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Mary Manz Simon is a popular media personality, speaker, and a practical parenting specialist. Dr. Simon holds a doctorate in early childhood education and is a bestselling author of many children's books.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Seleshanko on November 11, 2010
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Do you remember how hard it was to wait for Christmas when you were a kid? In an effort to help the time pass more quickly, Dr. Mary Manz Simon's My First Countdown to Christmas offers not only the true story of the first Christmas, but also activities and prayers to help the days pass more quickly.

Each two page spread of this board book features a short devotional. Some of them tell a part of the story of Jesus' birth, while others discuss popular Christmas things like evergreen Christmas trees, bells, and cookies. Many pages also offer ideas for simple projects, like an Advent paper chain, homemade Christmas tree decorations, or figuring out a way to tell someone "I love you" without speaking the words. A short, simple prayer is also included for each spread, often with blanks for kids to fill in. For example, "The shepherds told people about Jesus. I can tell people about Jesus, too. I can tell --------. Amen." A paraphrased Bible verse is also included with each devotional.

Throughout, bright, colorful illustrations by Siobhan Harrison show young children of many ethnicities involved in Christmas activities like visiting relatives, using an Advent calendar, decorating the tree, and dancing and singing.

What I Like: Pretty much everything. Each devotional is short and simple - perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. I like the simple suggested activities and I appreciate the focus on Jesus as "the reason for the season.

What I Dislike: My only complaint is that while Jesus is spoken of as the reason we celebrate Christmas (indeed, the author states "Jesus was born at Christmas" - not entirely accurate, but probably passable for young kids), the author doesn't tell us why he's important. We don't learn he's the son of God or that he came to save us from our sins. This is left for parents to bring up.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Kristina Seleshanko
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I wanted a book that I could read to my daughter each day after she opened a box from her Advent Calendar. It has 2 pages for each day. 1 page is biblical information and the other one is not. This was perfect for me since I also bought one for my sister in law who does not like to read biblical information to her daughters. But she still loved this book. She only reads the other pages that are non-biblical.
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Such a sweet book which helps the parent do easy activities to help keep the Christmas season in perspective and make the countdown which at times is overwhelming, easier to manage! The daily scripture makes it even better!
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