Saturday, November 26, 2011

Mary's First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr. A Review

On the night you were born the whole sky exploded with love, and the angels shouted, and more than a thousand hearts were in love with my baby Jesus on his birthday! Gather near and listen to the wondrous bedtime story, told long ago by a special mother to her very special son. Listen as Mary tells five-year-old Jesus of the first Christmas -- of his own birth and the remarkable events that surrounded it. Award-winning author Walter Wangerin tells this moving story in four parts, to be read in one sitting or over the course of four nights. And artist Timothy Ladwig brings to glowing life the people and places of Jesus' young life. Listen. Look. And you too will experience the wonder and glory of Mary's First Christmas.

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 1, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310222168
ISBN-13: 978-0310222163
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.7 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Walter Wangerin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Starting with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin's writing career has encompassed most every genre: fiction, essay, short story, children's story, meditation, and biblical exposition. His writing voice is immediately recognizable, and his fans number in the millions. The author of over forty books, Wangerin has won the National Book Award, New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year Award, and several Gold Medallions, including best-fiction awards for both The Book of God and Paul: A Novel. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University.

Timothy Ladwig is an illustrator whose recent books include Saying Grace, Jubilee, and Tonight You are My Baby. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife, Leah, and three children.

Mary’s First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr. is a very good children’s book.
   It is told from Mary’s viewpoint as she tells Jesus about how she found out she was going to have him and the love she had for him. About how Joseph loves him and how he found out about Jesus. About how God loved him and provided for him. Then about how much Jesus himself loves the world and would give himself for everyone.
  The pictures are just magnificent and the people in the pictures are so loveable and precious. This book is for children four and older and has 48 pages, put into 4 chapters.
  I really like this book and would recommend it for you and your child/children.

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Thank you to Zonderkidz for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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