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The Christmas Bell Hardcover – September 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gingham Dog Press (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577684109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577684107
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS-Gr. 2. In this quiet picture book about the Nativity, the focus is not on the powerful kings bearing gifts but on a small child. When Rachel finds a silver bell, she knows it is special, and she brings it to the baby in the manger. Set mainly at night, the double-page-spread watercolor pictures glow with light as they show Joseph and Mary walking to Bethlehem and settling in the stable, then the baby Jesus, safe and warm in the manger. When Rachel's father is tending his sheep, he sees the brilliant light of angels. They bring news of God's son born in a stable and tell the shepherds to follow the brightest star to find the baby. Rachel goes with them, and she gives Jesus a lamb with her precious bell tied around its neck. The book ends with contemporary kids gathered around a Christmas tree. Use this as a springboard for talking about the meaning of the gift-giving holiday tradition. Hazel Rochman
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Maja Dusikova's simple and compelling drawings lend to this story of Rachel, who finds a beautiful silver bell in the street and sets off on a journey to Bethlehem, where she finds the baby Jesus. The Christmas Bell is a new and entertaining twist on the traditional story - one which involves an unusual gift and a girl's quest.
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