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The King's Christmas List

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by Eldon Johnson, Bonnie Leick
     
 

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Emma couldn’t wait to go to the King’s birthday party, but what should she bring?

Emma couldn’t wait to go to the King’s birthday party, but what should she bring?

Emma and her little dog Shu-Shu were thrilled to be invited to the King’s birthday party. But what do you get a King for his birthday? Emma and Shu-Shu

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Emma couldn’t wait to go to the King’s birthday party, but what should she bring?

Emma couldn’t wait to go to the King’s birthday party, but what should she bring?

Emma and her little dog Shu-Shu were thrilled to be invited to the King’s birthday party. But what do you get a King for his birthday? Emma and Shu-Shu have no gift, but they bring the Christmas cake they made with Mom and put on their Sunday best as they dash to the King’s carriage. And of course, Emma couldn’t go anywhere without her beloved Cherry-Bear. On the way, they have encounters that lead them to bestow their cake, winter-cape, and even Cherry-Bear, on others. Now they’re chilly, rumpled, and empty-handed—what will the King think? Emma frets, but when they finally meet the King at his palace, they discover they gave the King exactly what he wanted.

Children and parents will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, and that the greatest gifts we can offer to the Savior are gifts to the least of his brothers and sisters (based on Matthew 25:40). Families will be able to go online and be directed to notable charities to give their own gift to the King.

Children and parents will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, and that the greatest gifts we can offer to the Savior are gifts to the least of his brothers and sisters (based on Matthew 25:40). Families will be able to go online and be directed to notable charities to give their own gift to the King.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400316458
Publisher:
Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Eldon Johnson is a Harvard grad and former Harvard chaplain. He is the founder of the non-profit organization, RISK—Relationships In Serving Kids, and the writer of many scripts and books. He and his wife Kristen have three daughters. This is his first children’s book.

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King's Christmas List 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
KatyYL More than 1 year ago
I would consider this a gift book appropriate for children under 10 years old, reading this book with their parents, snuggled under covers with a cup of hot chocolate on a cool Christmasy day. This simple story illustrates compassion and sacrifice in a way that children can relate to. The end of the book shows how we can give to World Vision and Blood:Water Mission. It's a good book to teach children Biblical values. Disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for this review. Opinions are entirely my own.
pattio77 More than 1 year ago
In The King's Christmas List by Eldon Johnson and Illustrated by Bonnie Leick, little Emma goes through a journey to understand the meaning of Christmas. The overall message is about the true meaning behind Christmas. Emma begins to understand that Christmas is not all about gifts, but the idea of giving to others is a way to give to God. The message is delivered when Emma and her dog start a journey to the King's party. Along the way she finds people in need and helps them, which results in her attending the party without a gift. I found this to be a wonderful message for children that are reaching the age of understanding the true meaning of the holiday season. It offers great opportunities to discuss with your child the main points in the story. The book has some giving opportunities listed at the end of the book as well. I found that this book really started some great discussions with my 4 year old. I would like to take a moment to discuss to illustrations in the book - WOW! They were great a fit with the story and characters as well. I really think the essence os the book was captured in the artwork. My 4 year old even commented on how certain things were illustrated in the book.
sunflowermommie More than 1 year ago
The King's Christmas List Written by Eldon Johnson Illustrated by Bonnie Leick The King's Christmas List is a children's book about Emma and her little dog Shu-Shu. Emma and Shu-Shu are invited to a birthday party for the King. Emma searches the playhouse for gifts to give, but through a series of events, she reaches the King empty handed. Learn how the King responds to her lack of gifts. This book is filled with colorful illustrations. This is a powerful story about how to give gifts from the heart with a call to action at the end of the book. It is an inspiring children's book to add to your Christmas collection or give as a Christmas gift. This book would be most appropriate for children ages 4-8. My children found this book interesting and it held their attention. Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. What gifts would you give if you were invited to a birthday party for a king?
Michelle2m More than 1 year ago
Based on the scripture passage Matthew 25:37-40 this is a lovely story of a little girl that understands the true spirit of Christmas. The story begins with Emma and her dog Shu-shu receiving an invitation to the Birthday of the King. However, along the way they encounter a few strangers in need. Emma graciously gives what she has even if it means having nothing to give to the King for his Birthday. The King is Jesus and he shares how in giving to others, Emma, has in fact given to him. It's well written for young kids to understand the message being shared. One of the items Emma gives up is her own favorite teddy bear to another little girl that has lost her bear. Its a great read to put a focus on what Christmas is really about, the celebration of Jesus' Birthday and the understanding of how we are able to honor his Birth with the simple act of giving to those in need. The illustrations are beautiful, vivid colors fill each page and nicely detailed. I am very happy to add this book to our Christmas reading list. I received a free copy of this book through Thomas Nelson Publishing's Book Sneeze book review program. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.
JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
In this children's book, Emma gets an invitation to the King's Christmas birthday party. She excitedly prepares herself and a gift to give the King. Along the way to the castle, Emma has encounters with people in need and gives them all she has; she is left with no coat and nothing to give the King. When she arrives at the King's party she is surprised to find people exchanging gifts with everyone but the king. When Emma approaches the King to ask what is going on, she learns a valuable lesson: whatever you do unto others, you do unto the King. Children of all ages will love this story and the lesson it teaches. As soon as I received this book in the mail, I opened it up and read it with my children. We all loved the story, the illustrations and the lesson learned. The story is written in language even my youngest child could understand and it provided us an opportunity to talk about how we can honor the King of Kings by helping those in need. This story seems to be written as a modern-day parable for young children. The illustrations are bright and cheery and "wintery". I would encourage any family with children to read this story and discuss the ways that we can help others. At the end of this book, there is a link to website where you can go to find opportunities to help via organizations such as World Vision and Blood:Water Mission. This book has inspired me to create a new Christmas tradition in our family, the tradition of giving to others in need. Read this book today and let it inspire you as well.
Esther62 More than 1 year ago
What better time than Christmas to teach little ones about "giving" ! God gave himself for each one of us and that's the reason of the season that we celebrate as Christmas. This beautiful message is compiled in a beautiful short story with Bonnie Leick's artistic illustrations. The King's Christmas List is the book you need to give your little ones this Christmas. In a nutshell: Emma and her little dog Shu-Shu were thrilled to be invited to the King's birthday party. But what do you get a King for his birthday? Emma and Shu-Shu have no gift, but they bring the Christmas cake they made with Mom and put on their Sunday best as they dash to the King's carriage. And of course, Emma couldn't go anywhere without her beloved Cherry-Bear. On the way, they have encounters that lead them to bestow their cake, winter-cape, and even Cherry-Bear, on others. Now they're chilly, rumpled, and empty-handed-what will the King think? Emma frets, but when they finally meet the King at his palace, they discover they gave the King exactly what he wanted. The book is a lovely tool for teaching children about the real meaning of Christmas. I love the way Bonnie has illustrated the story with beautiful pictures and little Emma in a beautiful red dress and her hair neatly clipped with a cute, red bow..the story is painted on a snowy, winter background. Children will love to read this story over and over as the roles played by Cherry-Bear and Shu-Shu are sure to win little hearts. The story is sure to stay in their minds as it has a beautiful ending when the King talks about his own birthday and gifts. Simple yet a profoundly clear message to make the true spirit of Christmas grow in the minds of children. Families will be able to go online and be directed to notable charities to give their own gift to the King. Buy it from Thomas Nelson for $14.99 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warmfuzzies More than 1 year ago
When little Emma and her puppy suddenly get an invitation to the King's birthday party, they knows they must find some kind of present for Him. Emma gathers up a gift, her warm shawl, and of course her favorite teddy bear. On the way, she gives away everything she has brought along to people in need, until she arrives at the King's party empty-handed. This book is the perfect length for young elementary age children, and I think the parable is simple enough for them to easily comprehend. As little Emma arrives at the party, she notices that everyone seems to have forgotten that it is the King's birthday at all. Emma and her pup go to ask the King why no one is celebrating Him, and what she finds out is relevant to us all. This is a delightful story with a very important message for today's young ones. Illustrated with sweet pictures and set in a magical snowy land filled with talking animals, this would make a perfect Christmas gift for any young child. While the main character is a girl, this is in no way a 'girl's' book, and would be perfect for any child who has started to forget that Christmas is about Jesus. I plan to wrap up several books that focus on the true meaning of the holiday, and let the kids unwrap them to read on Christmas Eve. This book will be a perfect addition!
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
Just in time for Christmas, The King's Christmas List is a delightful book about a little girl named Emma and her dog Shu-Shu. They are on their way to a Christmas party for the King, and they are eager to bring gifts for Him. On their journey, they come across some other children in great need, and Emma doesn't hesitate to share whatever she has with these children. She is sad when she arrives at the party without a gift for the King, but she soon finds out that she has already given the perfect gift, just by sharing her heart with others. This book reminds us all of the importance of taking care of our fellow man. It is a great lesson for children of all ages as to the true meaning of Christmas. At the end of the book there are suggested options that help children (and adults) to share with those less fortunate, in the true Christmas holiday spirit. (I am a member of the Book Sneeze Book Review Blogger Program.)
MickMcArt More than 1 year ago
This beautifully illustrated children's book is a fun way to teach kid's about the real meaning of Christmas. It really helps to explain what giving is about and how it relates to Jesus Christ and what He did for us. This is important because it was His gift to us that led to our ultimate redemption when we trust in Him. And it is that conquering of sin that gives us hope in our everyday lives. I like this authors approach (it is a bit different than the one in my book, The Silent Knight of Wordishure), this tale is told through a journey in the child's imagination. Published by Tommy Nelson, this book is expertly crafted. The embossed laminate cover gives it a textured feel and helps this book to feel like a real work of art. This book is a good read aloud or for the child who is trying to read their first book. The only downside on this story for me is the images drawn of Jesus Christ who has long-hair and appears kind of effeminate. He also doesn't bear the scars of the cross on His hands. Some parents may want to talk about these topics with their kids as they read this book to them. Overall, this is a fun book for your kids and will be a welcome read at Christmas time. Review by Mick McArt Author, Tales of Wordishure
nonipAP More than 1 year ago
After reading the book to my kids, ages 9, 8 and 5, I felt like maybe the "lesson" or "moral" of the story was a bit over my 5 year old's head and my 8 year old only got it after I did some explaining. My 9 year old completely understood the message in the book and he is even talking about what we can do this Christmas to help those less fortunate. But, the book is written for children 4-8 and my 5 and 8 year old didn't completely get the message. Emma and her dog travel to a different world, or dimension which I found a little hard to explain to the younger kids. My 5 year old asked several questions during the reading that clearly told me she was confused, she was confused about why the dog said he couldn't talk but he is was talking and why they went to a different place that Emma didn't know. This was a great book for my 9 year old though. I absolutely adored the illustrations in this book. There were times I caught myself not reading, but admiring the pictures instead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book free from booksneeze and here is my review. It is a wonderful book about a little girl named emma and her dog shu-shu. They are invoted to the kings party and are very excited. They bring presents and while on their way to the party they encounter others who are in need of the presents they have so they see the importance of helping others. My daughter loved this book very much as did I.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
What is the greatest gift you can give someone? What is the greatest gift you have been given? What is the greatest gift you can give to our Lord? This beautiful story, The King's Christmas List gives an answer to these questions in the most beautiful way. The wonderfully illustrated story is perfect for children at Christmas time and any time of year for that matter! Emma, a young girl wants to bring the king a Christmas gift but along the way she has some surprises. She comes to the king's party with nothing and learns a valuable lesson, one we should all hear over and over again, and one that we should teach our children every day of their lives. Matthew 25:37-40 reads "When did we ever see you hungry and feed you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!" I cannot wait to read this story to my 3-6 year olds in Sunday school this Christmas, but why wait? This is a beautiful story with a beautiful message for all!
Ginfinluno More than 1 year ago
I'm not kidding about my title. I absolutely loved this book. It's the most perfect way to introduce children to the meaning of Christmas. Perfect for teaching them the importance of giving to others, and perfect for illustrating Matthew 25:40, 'Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for Me.' If you're at all familiar with Falling Stars (copyright 1985, now out of print) by The Brothers Grimm, this is basically an updated version of the story. The little girl, Emma, is invited to a party for the King. Along the way she gives away all of her presents to Him and then learns that because she helped others, she actually DID give Him a gift. It's beautifully written and just perfect in every way. I only wish that there was a version for a little boy so boys could relate as much as girls. Maybe that doesn't matter so much, my child is still in utero! :)
freesamplequeen More than 1 year ago
This is a fairy tale type story with realistic morals and lessons to be learned. Recommended for children ages 4-8, this book is appropriate for young children with the availability of an adult for discussion and explanation. A cute story on the surface, deeper meanings are to be discovered as the reader follows Emma and her talking dog Shu-Shu as they go to the king's party. Upon receiving the invitation, Emma searches for a gift for the king. As she travels to the party, she is faced with decisions that affect the gift she is carrying and present her with a lesson in giving and helping others. The title is a bit misleading as there is no mention of the king's list, possibly not the best choice of titles for this book. However, the message is sound. Illustrations are bright and cheery, but average to good at best, nothing that stands out as memorable in my mind. The story is whimsical and pleasant, a Christmas story with a non-religious front that still presents valuable lessons and morals for the child through the discovery of learning to give to others and the joy in doing so. Overall, I do recommend this book as it is a harmless story with a good purpose. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
KevinSwitzer More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I'm reviewing this book for booksneeze.com. When Emma gets an invitation to the King's birthday party (which also happens to be a Christmas party) in her mailbox, she can't wait to take him a present. So she goes (with her talking dog, Shu-Shu) on a journey to the King's castle. On the way there, she meets some needy families and Emma is forced to decide whether or not to give up some of her own items that she loved very much. I don't want to spoil the story, but Emma ends up learning that her decisions meant more than she had thought they would. This is a good kid's story about serving "the least of these," even when it means giving up things that mean the most to you. The message was clear and written in a way that's easy for children to understand. The art was very well done, too. My child kept trying to run away while I was reading it to him, but... he's 8 months old. I enjoyed the story, though. One thing I didn't understand was the title of the book. The King didn't have a Christmas list. Nowhere in the book was a list even mentioned. Maybe a more appropriate title would be The King's Christmas Gifts. But the title of the book definitely didn't ruin the rest of the story for me.
Nawny More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my grandchild. She loved the illustrations and knew right away that the Jesus was King. The story did a great job of showing compassion, loving one another, and the "Spirit of Giving." The point is to show that when we give to others; especially those in need, we are giving to God/Jesus. This is a charming hardback book with beautiful color pictures that tell a story of a young girl, Emma and her dog Shu-Shu. Emma and Shu-Shu are invited to the King's birthday party, and Emma must find the perfect gift. Her journey to the King's party leads her to several encounters of people in need of something that she could give to them. This book is a great resource to help our children see in storybook form, the importance of giving to others, and how much it pleases our Heavenly Father when we put others first. The story itself is a bit whimsical, almost like a fairytale. Honestly, I thought it was all a bit far fetched. I won't ruin the whole story for you, other than to say that it is based on Matthew 25:37-40,
KC2010 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The King's Christmas List. It is a Christmas story aimed at children to teach them how to give. While the premise of the story was great, the story was lacking interest and anything exciting. I think most children will find it boring and it won't keep their attention. It begins with a girl and her dog, and suddenly, her dog can talk. They are taken away to attend the king's birthday party and on their way they meet strangers. Once they arrive at the king's party, the king then explains to them the true meaning of giving gifts to the king. So, I'm not even sure what the title has to do with the story. The illustrations were just OK. I think the children will not understand the story by just looking at the pictures and I think the story was dull, dry and boring. I was hoping that this would be a great book to spur children on in kindness and help them to realize the blessing in giving to others. At the end of the book they offer some opportunities to help others through various organizations. I can honestly only give this book 2 1/2 to 3 stars, which is a disappointment to me because I was hoping it would be so much better. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."*
smallkucing More than 1 year ago
I was provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers a copy of this lovely book titled "The King's Christmas List" by Eldon Johnson for their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion. The story is a bit fairy tale type. It's about a little girl named, Emma and her doggy Shu Shu. Emma received an invitation from the king to His birthday party. Something happen and Emma and Shu Shu discovered they can understand what each other is saying. Emma was sad as she did not have a present for the King. But then she saw the cake that she baked with her mom and decided to give the cake to the King. Emma and Shu Shu set off to the King's birthday party with the Cake. Along the way, they meet many people who are in need of help. They helped the people as much as they can and end-up even giving the Cake to the needy. Hence, they have nothing left for the King. This is a lovely tale that not only reminds children about the true meaning of Christmas but also teaches children to be generous and considerate. I love this book for it's beautiful illustration and simple language. I give this book full marks. Just nice for younger children around 4 to 8 years old
garfieldwtf More than 1 year ago
The King's Christmas list by Eldon Johnson is a beautifully illustrated children book. With baby blue soothing cover along with a plump looking little girl holding a cake with her dog and her teddy. There's a horse pulling a carriage in the book ground. Sweet looking book that looks fun to read to your little girls on Christmas eve while waiting for Santa to come to deliver his gifts under the Christmas tree. This book. is not just for children as the message that it sends across is laden with moral values and is highly methapor-ed. The book starts off with the little girl in the picture. She's called Emma. Emma and her little puppy, Shu-Shu was decorating the playhouse for Christmas. And then, out of the sudden, she heard voices, saying " How do you make the mailbox shine like the Christmas Star?". And then, Emma glanced behind her and saw the mailbox was indeed shining like a Christmas Star. At first, she was afraid to open the letter inside of the mailbox, but when she finally did, she happened to find out that she was invited to the King's birthday party. And then, magical things started to happen. She could suddenly understood what her dog was talking, and the dog could understand her too. Emma was really happy to be invited to the King's birthday party, but then, she was saddened, because she have nothing to offer the King as his birthday present. When she went inside of the playhouse. she saw a cake that she made with her mother, and decided that it's the perfect birthday present for the King. And off Emma went to the King's birthday bash. But along the way to the King's birthday party, Emma and her dog encountered many people that needed help. Emma and Shu-Shu ended up giving up her teddy, her cake and even her winter cape so that she could help the needy and arrived at the King's birthday party with nothing to offer him as a birthday present. Emma was embarrassed and saddened, not being able to offer the King anything on his birthday. What will the King say? What will the King do? Well, if I answer that, it would be telling. The King's Christmas List is full of metaphor and it reminds us the true meaning of Christmas. Emma's sacrifices along the way to the King's party showed us that sometimes, giving is the most precious gift that one could offer. Highly recommended book for little girls. and maybe boys too.perfect Christmas story to be read on the Christmas eve with your little one. 4 stars out of 5 stars. Thomas Nelson Publishers provided this as an advance reading for their Booksneeze bloggers program . I was not required to write a positive review and therefore, the book review is 100% my own opinion.