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What Is Christmas? Board book – September 1, 2006


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Children's Christmas Books
Visit the Children's Christmas Bookstore to find stories about Santa and his reindeer, cozy books to read by the fire, and sweet stories about family celebrations.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: CandyCane Press; English Language edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824966686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824966683
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michelle Adams began her career in journalism; but when she had two children of her own, she quickly turned to writing children's books, including the very successful What Is . . . ? series for CandyCane Press. Michelle lives in Bedford, Indiana, with her husband and two teenage girls. The other loves in her life are her three miniature dachshunds and Hoosiers basketball. Amy Wummer has illustrated more than fifty books for children. In addition to this series, her titles for Ideals Publications include Five-Minute Devotions for Children and If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart.

More About the Author

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and book author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sunday and Features Editors, and the Hoosier State Press Association. Since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University in 1991, Michelle has worked as a newspaper reporter for a daily newspaper in Southern Indiana for five years; has acted as a stringer for the Associated Press in Indiana; has written full time for a worldwide ministry's website and magazine with 550,000 circulation; has authored 48 books and has written hundreds of freelance articles for newspapers, websites and magazines such as The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Today's Christian Woman, CBN.com and Writer's Digest.
Michelle's book, "My Big Book of Prayers," earned her the 2012 SELAH award for the best 2011 children's book at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. Also, her Christian Living book, "Living the Love Chapter" earned her the title of "Writer of the Year" in 2001 at the Write-to-Publish Conference in Wheaton, Illinois. And, her picture book, Conversations On the Ark earned her the "Barnes & Noble Texas Author of the Month" honor in May 2003. Also, in 2009 Michelle's picture book text for, "Mama's Belly" was selected as a top 12 finalist in the national ABC Picture Book Contest. Michelle has also served as a judge in "Writer's Digest Annual International Self-Published Book Awards" for five years and judged the Tweener Time International Chapter Book Competition sponsored by Tweener Ministries, Bethel College and Baker Trittin Press. Also, Michelle has ghostwritten books and articles for some of today's most effective and popular ministers.
In addition to writing, Michelle shares her knowledge of the publishing world at prestigious writers' conferences and workshops around the nation. She has spoken at the Pike's Peak Writers' Conference, the Glorieta Christian Writers' Conference, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers' Conference, the North Texas Christian Writers' Conference, the Delaware Christian Writers' Conference, the Quad Cities Christian Writers' Conference, the Midwest Writers' Workshop at Ball State University, Write-by-the-Lake Writers' Workshop and Retreat at the University of Wisconsin and the Write-to-Publish Conference at Wheaton College to name a few. She also taught an accredited course, "Writing For Children," at Taylor University Fort Wayne (IN) during the fall of 2006. From speaking about writing in educational settings and writers' conferences to teaching the Word of God in churches, at women's retreats and luncheons--Michelle travels across the United States encouraging others. Over the past few years, she has spoken to a 10,000-member church, Living Word Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona, as well as the Fellowship Prayer Breakfast at the Black Historical Cultural Center in Amarillo, Texas, to highlight a few.
Because of her inspirational nature, Michelle has been a featured guest on several TV programs including: "God Answers Prayer" in Santa Fe, NM; "At Home Live" in Fort Worth, TX; and "The Harvest Show" in South Bend, IN, on LeSea Network. She has also made several appearances on the Greenwood, IN, TBN affiliate. And, she's been the guest on many prestigious radio programs across the United States including, "Healthy, Wealthy, WOW reality radio," "Water Through the Word" and "Kingdom Keys with Keith Gray."
Michelle resides in Bedford, IN., with her husband, Jeff (who was also her high school sweetheart); their two teenage daughters, Abby and Ally; their two miniature dachshunds, Miller and Mollie; and their kitty, Mia.

Customer Reviews

Great for children who can not read or just beginning to read.
Sheila A Young
My mom actually wound up buying this same book for my son, and I'm glad we have it to read this Christmas.
Jacabean
This book explains the TRUE meaning of Christmas to young children.
Carletta

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Krisann Blair on October 1, 2006
Format: Board book
I just received this book and was so impressed with the message to help remind us all (big or small) the reason for celebrating Christmas while still acknowledging other activities of the season many enjoy. This book really provides a good balance while still stressing that the reason for season is the birth of Jesus. I will be recomending this book on my site [...] as a top pick for children's Christmas books.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By L. Pedersen on November 23, 2010
Format: Board book
The title of my review sounds ominous! Well, it's not that bad, but my daughter is very young (18 months) and I am a single mom, and I am trying to not remind her that she doesn't have two happy parents. But in this brief, cute book, the reader is told that "Christmas is mom & dad kissing under the Mistletoe." Well, unfortunately that isn't what Christmas is here, so I am giving the book to a friend. Just a heads up for single parents.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By 2GirlsProud on January 9, 2007
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This book is a great way to explain to our children that Christmas is not just for gifts and all the other great things that go with celebrating Christmas. It shows that Jesus is the real reason we celebrate Christmas.

Great Christmas book
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Bedwell on December 2, 2009
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I bought this book for my 2 y/o daughter and she has enjoyed it. Here are the pro's and con's:
Pro's: I liked that this book talks about all the fun Christmas traditions and gives the message at the end that all these things are great, but they aren't why we have Christmas. There are a few pages with a good message telling about Christmas being the celebration of Christ's birth.
Con's: I found some of the writing and rhymes awkward and corny. The illustrations are also a little on the boring side. Not very colorful or exciting to look at. The book doesn't actually tell the Christmas story, just tells you that Christmas is about Christ.
So, overall, I thought this was a good Christmas book with a nice message, but it's not as great as the other rave reviews claim it to be.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. Daoud on October 29, 2007
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It is nice to see a book written about why we celebrate Christmas. So much has been lost over the years with all the comercialization of Christmas. I enjoyed the flow of the book and the poetry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 2, 2011
Format: Board book
I bought this book last year for my 2.5 year old. We recently brought it back out (he is now 3.5) with all the other Christmas decor and he has insisted we read it EVERY night. My husband and I were looking for a way to explain to him that Jesus is the reason for the season, but without completely discarding all the other holiday traditions that we knew he would be exposed to at school and in the stores and on tv. We want him to be able to enjoy some of the fun and magic of Christmas that his friends will surely talk about with excitement, but without losing sight of the point. We found this book to be an excellent way to do that. No, it doesn't elaborate on the Christams story (the birth of Christ), but that's what the Bible is for. We have found this book to be age appropriate and he really enjoys it and seems to understand....in fact, I just purchased one of the Little People nativity sets b/c he has been asking for a baby Jesus and mommy and daddy after seeing the ones in this book. He recognizes that a nativity scene should be incorporated into all of our other Christmas decorations. Very pleased with this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Sly on December 1, 2008
Format: Board book
This book is wonderful! It rhymes, has cute illustrations and speaks in a way for children to truly understand the real meaning behind Christmas and why we celebrate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mustard Seed Mom on December 8, 2009
Format: Board book
I have a 4 year old daughter and 15 month old son. My daughter loves reading this book year-round. My son is a little young for it to hold his attention very long, but he does carry it to me and say "boo" as if asking to be read to.

I love that it addresses the other traditions but also clarifies the real reason for Christmas. If you happen to be opposed to any secularization, than this book probably won't be for you or your kids, but I personally like the rhymes, the pictures, and the point.
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