From School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This beloved classic by Barbara Robinson (HarpCollins, 1972) about six very unruly children who teach a whole church about the true meaning of the birth of Christ is brought to life by the narrator, C. J. Critt. By using only her voice, she gives each character its own personality. With slight voice inflections and gentle changes in the pacing of the narration, she gives listeners a real understanding of the story. While the pacing of the narration is at times a little fast during the body of the text, the pauses at commas, periods and between paragraphs are longer than normally heard in general conversation. While this doesn't distract from the pleasure of just listening to the story, it will cause some problems if used as a read-a-long with older students. Due to the subject matter, public school libraries will find its uses limited. Since the book and the TV movie are so popular, public libraries will find a built in audience.
Ann West LaPrise, Detroit Public Library, MI
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“Wiry-tough, tender-hearted, unsentimental, and consistently funny.” (The London Sunday Times)
“This charming story delivers a fresh perspective on the nativity and is a beautiful reminder that God loves everyone.” (Brightly)
“Outrageous, lively, funny, and wonderful. The Christmas Story shines through with a new brilliance.” (Denver Post)