A stunning book from cover to cover, every rhyme and every illustration, beautifully told the story of Christ's birth.
I loved how it took the meter from that traditional poem the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and told the true Christmas Story. This book was so well done from the illustrations to the wording of the poem that I couldn't help thinking that will definitely become a classic in our family.
What a truly lovely way to share the celebration of Christ's birth with the young people in your life!
Overall, I highly recommend this very special book, it will be a the perfect gift that your youngsters will be begging you to read to them over and over again. This book truly touched me, and took my breath away with the attention to detail and keeping it true to the real reason for Christmas!
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The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men. The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich acrylic illustrations of Christine Kornacki.
’Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.
The moon shining bright in the heavens so high
gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.
The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places
with looks of contentment on each of their faces.
About the Author
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
About the IllustratorAt a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal's Children's Books. Christine's recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
Kids ages 4-8 - The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
Family story time during the holidays
Children's Ministers and Sunday school teachers
Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!
The First Christmas NightWritten by: Keith ChristopherIllustrated by: Christine KornackiPublisher: Ideals BooksHardcover: 32 pages$16.99
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