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What Is Christmas? Board book – September 1, 2006

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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.

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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 (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. Author of over 70 books and a regular blogger for Guideposts, Michelle has written more than 1,000 articles for newspapers and magazines since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University.

In October 2014, her book Encouraging Words for Mothers (Barbour) won the Award of Excellence for Nonfiction Books from CLASS Christian Writers Conference Book Contest. And, her book God Knows You won "The SELAH Award" for best children's book in 2014, as well as "Book of the Year." Also, her children's book, My Big Book of Prayers, claimed "The SELAH Award" for best children's book in 2012.

When not working on her own assignments, Michelle ghostwrites books for celebrities and some of today's most effective and popular ministers. She helped pen a New York Times Bestseller in 2008. Her books: When Chocolate Isn't Enough: An Inspirational Survival Guide for Moms (Worthy), as well as Trunk or Treat (Worthy Kids) and Samson Strong and Faithful (Concordia/Arch Books) debut this year. Michelle is also a much sought after teacher at writers conferences and universities around the nation. In fact, she has served as an adjunct professor at Taylor University twice, teaching "Writing for Children Boot Camp." Michelle also loves speaking to women's groups, youth groups, and congregations, encouraging others to discover their destinies in God.

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two college-aged daughters, Abby and Allyson, as well as a miniature dachshund and three cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys leading fitness classes at Priority Fitness, and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings.

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37 of 37 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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. 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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17 of 17 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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16 of 17 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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17 of 18 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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8 of 8 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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 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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