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The King's Christmas List Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 5, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400316456
  • ASIN: B005M4H91C
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,246,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Kidle on September 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The King's Christmas List is written by Eldon Johnson and Illustrated by Bonnie Leick.

I know that fall has only just begun, but it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas and the joy of giving to others! This book teaches children about giving and helping others who are in need.

The story begins with a young girl named Emma and her dog Shu-Shu. They receive a letter inviting them to the King's birthday party, but they aren't sure what to bring. What would be the very best gift for the King? Emma brings along a cake that she made with her mom and a few of her own belongings. On the way to the King's castle she meets a couple families in need. She selflessly gives them everything she had brought along. Emma and Shu-Shu arrive at the castle with nothing to give to Him; However, they are surprised when the King tells everyone His Christmas list. The message in this story is wonderful for young children who are beginning to understand the true spirit of Christmas and what it means to give to others. The last few pages encourages people to donate to organizations such as blood: water mission and World Vision, so that you too can give back.

The illustrations by Bonnie Leick are absolutely beautiful and captures the tone and wonderment of the story. Children will love looking at the pictures as you read it aloud. This is a great book to read the night before Christmas or the day of.

Disclaimer: I am from a book review program and received this book free from the publisher. I would like to note that these thoughts are mine and that I didn't have to leave a positive review.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a cute hardcover book about a girl who is magically invited to the King's Birthday. Lots of magical things happen that help to get her to the party, such as her dog begins to talk and a carriage magically appears. She wants to take a gift for the King, so she takes a cake that she had made with her Mom and her favorite teddy bear. Along the way to the King's Birthday Party, she comes across others in need. Even though she wanted to give the King her cake, when she had passed an old woman and a young boy who were cold hungry, not only did she give them her coat, but she also gave them her cake because they looked hungry. Then she passed a little girl who was upset because she had lost her teddy bear in the river. Even though she loved her teddy bear (Cherry-Bear) she willingly gave the little girl her teddy bear. The story goes onto her arriving to the King's birthday party where she learns that giving gifts to others is giving gifts to the King and honoring him.

This is a great story about the true meaning of Christmas. You can tell that the King is actually Jesus and even though the story doesn't talk too much about Christmas, it is a great book for the Christmas season. Although, I'm not completely sure why it's called the Christmas List because it never does talk about a Christmas list. Tobin is a bit too young for this book and the sentences were a bit lengthy, so I paraphrased each page for him and that helped to keep his interest. He really liked the cake and the dog. I'm sure when he is older, he will really appreciate the book then and understand it a lot more. It's a great way to teach your children about the true meaning of Christmas.
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I absolutely love Christmas books...especially children's Christmas books...and most especially children's Christmas books with great teaching inside! Johnson's book, The King's Christmas List, is just that. This is a charming hardback book with beautiful color pictures that tell a story of a young girl, Emma and her dog Shu-Shu. Emma and Shu-Shu are invited to the King's birthday party, and Emma must find the perfect gift. Her journey to the King's party leads her to several encounters of people in need of something that she could give to them. By the end of the story and the journey to the King's party, she comes empty-handed, but leaves learning the best lesson of all - the gift of giving from the heart.

We try to emphasis with our children the importance to help those in need, and one of those ways is for each of us to give things to others that may not have what we do. This book is a great resource to help our children see in storybook form, the importance of giving to others, and how much it pleases our Heavenly Father when we put others first. I would recommend this book to anyone with children or grandchildren! It's the perfect giftbook for the upcoming Christmas season.
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This is a great book to help remind kids to move past the materialism that is all over our culture at Christmas and to think of others. My only hang up is the first paragraph which to me gives a fairy tale feel which wasn't really what I wanted. (Yes, I know that it is fiction either way!) However, I just don't read that paragraph. Love the story.
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I liked the message to children that Christmas is not about getting gifts, and I liked how it emphasized that whatever you do to the least of these is a gift to Jesus. I thought it fell short in that it never mentioned Gods gift to us (salvation) and how that is the best gift ever. The book also felt a little cheapened by feeling like an advertisement at the end where it leads into two organizations you can give to to help others in need. Not that I have a problem with the organizations (I've given to World Vision before) but it felt a little gimmicky. Overall, though, still a good reminder/lesson for all of us.
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