"If we want the perfect star to shine upon our tree,
Look and see that Brightest Star, and there will Christmas be."
On Christmas we give and get presents, we sing songs, and we decorate our homes. But what is Christmas really about? Is our happy holiday a Holy Day?
Find out why we place the star on the Christmas tree. Imagine Christmas guests as travelers of long ago. And let the beautiful song "Silent Night" fill your mind with pictures of the night Jesus was born. Because Christmas is God's gift to us--and if we look around and remember, we'll learn to see the real Christmas.
This endearing story by bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury will capture the hearts of children and parents and grandparents will appreciate the applications they can share.
K-Gr 2-This plodding poem never manages to convey the "wondrous awe" to which the author alludes. "Then when we talk of wondrous awe,/no matter what we see,/let's think back in wondrous awe, and/there will Christmas be." Brown's vibrant, if somewhat static, paintings show a multiethnic group of children and adults getting costumed and ready for the traditional pageant, while the leaden couplets try to coax readers into thinking about the true meaning of the holiday. The disconnect between the words and the more engaging illustrations limit the appeal of this offering.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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September 29, 2008
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