Sunday, November 17, 2013

{Giveaway} The First Christmas

"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.

'Twas the very first Christmas, 
when all through the town
not a creature was stirring -
there was not a sound.

Did you recognize the rhyme? Different words, but, yes, it sounds like "The Night Before Christmas." I love this version of the Christmas story because it's the one that really matters. It's like tradition meets truth. The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich illustrations.

Just take a look ...

That's Cate showing you her favorite page, which says:

He had not a crib,
but in a manger instead, 
the tiny new baby
lay down his sweet head.

Here is another. Those wise men look so real!

When they finally found
the babe they had sought,
gold, frankincense, and myrrh
were the gifts that they brought. 

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 illustrator :: At 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 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.

About the book :: Publisher by Ideals Books, "The First Christmas Night" is a 32-page, hardcover book. Aimed at kids ages 4-8, the rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read. This book is ideal for family story time during the holidays, children's ministers and Sunday school teachers, and even Christmas carolers who want to set it to a tune! You can learn more about it at the book's website and Ideal Books' Facebook page.

So who wants a copy? Just leave a comment below telling me a truth or tradition you love about Christmas. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents. A winner will be chosen randomly on Saturday, Nov. 23.

EDITED: Congratulations, Carrie Coombs! You win a copy of "The First Christmas Night." I hope Elijah likes it and you all enjoy your Christmas as a family.

I received our copy of "The First Christmas Night" free from FlyBy Promotions in exchange for this mention on my blog. This review is composed from my own thoughts and those my kids shared with me. I have no doubt we'll actually use this book for years to come. I included Amazon affiliate links because I do think the book is worth buying. 

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  1. Looks like great pictures!! One tradition we have is reading the Christmas story about Jesus before we open presents. I love this time of year, the decorations, the focus on Christ!! I am ready to set up my tree already! :)

  2. KristinHillTaylor11/18/2013 9:09 AM

    Seriously one of the most beautiful children's books I've seen. I love this season too - and it seems be starting early this year with Thanksgiving being later. And, really, I'm OK with that. :)

  3. A tradition I love (and one we just started two years ago) is inviting our neighbors over for cookies and eggnog and cider about a week before Christmas. We all come from different backgrounds, and we really started it so we could get to know some of them better, but it's such a fun time to come together and celebrate. We're looking forward to it this year. :) This looks like a great book...Maelie keeps asking for books about Jesus. It's so beautiful to see her wanting to learn about him already. :)

  4. KristinHillTaylor11/18/2013 1:02 PM

    That's a great tradition, Mel! Your girl learns that from you, momma!

  5. we like to light candles for every night in december

  6. KristinHillTaylor11/20/2013 6:31 PM

    Lovely! Thanks for entering, Elaine!

  7. I love setting up our nativity scenes. My parents gave me Jesus, Mary, and Joseph figures many years ago and then gave me a new piece (person or animal) each year for several years after that. Now that we have children, that one gets displayed out of reach. :) My boys have a nativity scene that is safer for them to touch, and I'm looking forward to looking at it and interacting with it with my 4-year-old this year.

  8. KristinHillTaylor11/21/2013 6:09 PM

    We have the Little People nativity scene that my kids love playing with and rearranging. That's neat you have one you've built over time - what a neat memory! Christmas with kids is the best. :)

  9. I love everything about Christmas. Setting up the nativities with my children. Picking out a Christmas tree. Opening a book every night and doing the Jesse Tree devotional.

  10. KristinHillTaylor11/22/2013 5:04 PM

    Yes - kids make the holidays especially fun! I'm glad you entered, Whitney! Good to see your face here. :)

  11. KristinHillTaylor11/23/2013 9:05 PM

    How neat! I love that!

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