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Lion Book of Five-Minute Christmas Stories, The Hardcover – August 31, 2008

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"Warm and witty stories . . . stylishly illustrated, the ten tales will revive your will to cope."  —Carousel


"Each [story] can be read aloud in just five minutes, but its warmth, wit and wisdom will last throughout the season."  —Primary Times
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Goodwin has previously written plays for the BBC, and children's fiction for Oxford University Press and other publishers.

Richard Johnson has worked for Oxford University Press, DK, and Kingfisher. In 2002 he won the Association of Illustrators award for children's book illustration.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (August 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825478073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825478079
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,358,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By White Fang on October 1, 2011
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"Five Minute Christmas Stories" is a 10 1/2 inch by 8 3/4 inch children's picture book. The illustrations are intensely and richly colored but take on a slight bit of a cartoon style. The book recounts the events leading up to, during and after Jesus' birth. You can tell that the author did some research to write this collection of historical fiction stories because he weaves Biblical customs into each story. The stories are told through the first person point of view of ten different Biblical characters. You hear the story from the points of view of Mary, Joseph, the donkey that carried Mary, the Innkeeper's wife, a quiet angel in Heaven, young shepherd boy, Fezulk - a security guard for King Herod, Balthasar - one of the Three Wisemen, and the Fir Tree deep in the Woods. A chapter is devoted to each of these character's accounts and can easily be read in less than five minutes. It is quite an interesting idea to have these Biblical characters who experienced the birth of the Lord Jesus first hand, share their experiences in their own words. One has to remember that these stories are historical fiction and if you have a problem with stories that deviate somewhat from the traditional Biblical account, this book is not for you.

I found the different first hand accounts and the character reactions to them quite interesting. While the author deviates somewhat from the traditional Biblical account of Jesus' birth, one can enjoy the observations and inner feelings of each of these characters as they tell their stories and the reader identifies with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary on December 11, 2012
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This book is deceptively promising at first glance: a handsome volume large enough to engage two readers, brightly illustrated, and enough tales to share throughout the season in story sessions of manageable length. But the potential buyer would be wise to keep browsing for another book to satisfy.

The attempt here to show other angles, through various agents, of the events surrounding the birth of Christ fails miserably. There is none of the pure sweetness of books such as Who is Coming to Our House? or delight in fanciful presentation as found in The Tale of the Three Trees or The Friendly Beasts, or simple insight to be gleaned as from The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree. The result, in each of the 10 stories, is merely silly and off-putting.

It's unfortunate that the high quality, appealing illustrations are tied to such inferior text.

In retelling the story of the Incarnation and Nativity, the writer has rich material with which to weave a story for readers of any age with mystery, beauty, irony and even humor. But the opportunity is wasted here ~ like having the makings of a rich banquet, or even a flavorful, healthy sandwich, and turning out fast food instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Bradley on December 13, 2009
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Truly a 5 minute story, separated into 12 small stories, this book is unique and wonderfully written. Each of the stories are from the perspective of different characters in the Birth Story. We look forward to reading these each night as we await Christmas to arrive! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new and interesting tradition in their house at Christmastime!
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This book is a great starter Bible story book for you toddler to first read their very first stories about Christmas!
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