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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (picture book edition) Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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Grade 2–6—Barbara Robinson's classic (Joanna Cotler, 1972) just gets better with this new reading. Elaine Stritch's slightly raspy, mature voice lends a convincing, grandmotherly element to this holiday favorite. The Herdman's—Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys—are the town bullies who steal and smoke cigars. When they show up for the church Christmas pageant try-outs, no one is able to discourage them from participating. To the protests of children who think they can do better, the Herdmans land the starring roles in the Christmas play. Their unique interpretation of a story they've never heard before surprises even the most regular of church-goers. A humorous retelling of the birth of Christ, this title will be a welcome addition to general listening holiday collections.—Kirsten Martindale, formerly Menomonie Public Library, WI
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"One of the best Christmas books ever."-- "Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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the book takes place at the herd mans house and the church. the book is about a Christmas pageant at the
church. Herd mans are very bad kids who smoked and said bad words. the only reason that the herd mans were even interested in church is because one of them herd that you get food there like chocolate cake but they do not get snacks at ccd the kid was just lying to sound cool to the herd mans witch did not work because the herd mans wanted to join the church so they did then they were in the Christmas pageant and the problem was that all the kids and adults thought that they were going to ruin the Christmas pageant. But in the end they did not ruin it and it turned out to be okay. overall I really liked the book and I would recommend it.
The story is told from the point-of-view of a young girl remembering a year her mother reluctanly took the responsibility for the church's children's Christmas program when a group of neighborhood brothers and sisters without much parental guidance, without soap, without manners manages to take over the main roles of the holy family. These kids just do not fit the traditional mold. Anyone who has worked with a children's church program has encountered their own "Herdman" kids and will nearly die with laughter. If you've never read it before (or seen the poorly made-for-tv movie version of it) this is fall-on-the-floor funny.