With the holidays hovering into sight again comes another batch of seasonal offerings, among which is this attractively designed board book. Its die-cut, scalloped pages can be set open on end to create little tableaux as the age-old story of Christmas is retold. Estelle Corke's simple, broad peasant faces and bushy beards smile across its pages. Her childlike angels and curly clouds are set within starry dark blue skies. Alas, it is in the telling of the beloved story that the book falls flat. Seeking a modern approach, Harrast loses the magic of the ancient rhythms. Gone is "no room in the inn," and the manger becomes a "feed box." Having the Wise Men arrive "some time later" at a nondescript little house makes the event an anticlimax. But wise parents can always change the narration to more traditional words—and their little ones can enjoy the folk-like illustrations.