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The Very First Christmas Paperback – August 1, 2003
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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As Christopher's mom reads from gospel of St. Luke, chapter 2, she responds to her eight-year old son's questions about Caesar Augustus, registering for the census, why Joseph was not the father of Jesus Christ, why God chose Mary to be Jesus' mother, how old she might have been, where she lived, the lineage of King David, why Christmas is celebrated on December 25, what the stable was like, why there wasn't any room at the inn, why the shepherds were terrified at the sight of the angel, and how St. Luke knew "all this stuff."
This book is highly recommended to Christians of all traditions, as well as to non-Christian families who may be curious about what's really behind the Christmas story. As the author states in his brief introduction, many "children's Christmas books are often long on fancy and short on fact." I would agree when he says, "these pages...return the Christmas focus to where it belongs." The gospel story is no fairy tale, and here Paul L. Maier places it within the context of history, so children like Chris in this story can learn "about real people and real things that really happened."
Nevertheless, the books I've read by Paul Maier are very well written, informative, and illuminating. I would recommend this book - just be sure you are getting the particular version that you really want - kids or adults.
Update: upon actually receiving this book (hardcover edition), it is definitely NOT appropriate for young children. The text and storyline are too detailed for young (preschool or early elementary age) kids. It probably is most appropriate for kids around age 8 or older - which is different from what the "official" publisher/editor descriptions indicate.
The pictures are well done, so I could just "read" the book with my infant son and tell the story myself, or read the included Scripture portions (Luke 2 version) that are included on each 2-page spread. But I will probably not be giving this book to my son for Christmas as I had hoped.
This is a great book. The text of the story was simple enough for my 7-year-old son to understand, and I believe that his reading the story will have more impact than my reading it to him. The illustrations by Francisco Ordaz are absolute masterpieces, and add greatly to the impact of the story. I recommend this book 100%!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully done. Great pictures. We haven't read the story yet. But my kids have enjoyed looking atvthe pictures. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Aangel310
Paul Maier is a researcher and communicator without parallel in our time. If you have grand kids or kids.( Or you are a kid at heart. ). Read It Enjoy It. Apply it to your lifePublished 19 months ago by Leslie Fyans
The illustrations are gorgeous, even frame-worthy.
The text is also rich and true to the Biblical record.
A must every Advent season.