Today we have a post by Ashley! Hooray!
Compared to many other more secularly-themed Christmas books, this one is decidedly religious. It tells the imagined story of a midwife called upon to assist Mary as she delivers Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem. The midwife contemplates beforehand what it might be like if she were to deliver the prophesied Savior. When she is summoned to this peculiar birth and sees the signs, she knows that that is just what she's been called upon to do.
The book's illustrations are simple but not distracting. The text is full of quoted scripture, which might make it a little harder to understand for younger readers. But if you're looking for a good lead-up-to-Christmas book that helps your family focus on "the reason for the season" and that will afford good opportunities for discussing Bible verses together, look no further. This one is a nice cross between reading straight out of the scriptures and reading a children's book. It'll definitely find its way under our tree for our Christmas countdown.*
Happy reading! And happy beginning to your holidays!
On a side note, if you're in holiday-season denial and need a good transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, check out the book The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz. It's one of our favs.
*We wrap twenty-four children's Christmas books and put them under the tree at the end of November. Starting December 1, we take turns unwrapping one each night and reading it together by the tree. These are books we own as well as library books. We just make sure we unwrap the library ones in time to return them. :)