The Christmas Bell

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When Rachel, the daughter of a widowed shepherd, comes across something curious in the dusty streets of Bethlehem—a beautiful bell made of pure silver—she wonders what she should do with it. No one can tell Rachel where the bell came from, but a wise woman in the village tells her that she should keep it until something wonderful happens. Then, she will know it is time to give it away.

Rachel finds out just how special the silver bell is on the eve of the very first Christmas. ...

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Overview

When Rachel, the daughter of a widowed shepherd, comes across something curious in the dusty streets of Bethlehem—a beautiful bell made of pure silver—she wonders what she should do with it. No one can tell Rachel where the bell came from, but a wise woman in the village tells her that she should keep it until something wonderful happens. Then, she will know it is time to give it away.

Rachel finds out just how special the silver bell is on the eve of the very first Christmas. When the shepherds journey to the manger to give the Messiah a gift of a lamb, Rachel thinks she has nothing to offer the tiny baby. It is then that she remembers the beautiful bell.

Rachel, a shepherd's daughter, finds a silver bell in the streets of Bethlehem and decides to give it as a gift to the baby in the manger.

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This entry in the offerings-for-baby-Jesus genre features a little girl named Rachel, the daughter of a shepherd. She has found a silver bell that's her favorite possession, and she's convinced she's been chosen by God for some important task. When she journeys with her father and the other shepherds to see the Christ Child, she ties her bell to the lamb as a gift. The traditional Christmas story of the angels announcing the birth, Mary and Joseph making their journey, and the stable in Bethlehem are woven into this story, with the addition of a child's participation in the scene making the story more accessible to young listeners, especially little girls. Appealing watercolor illustrations with a soft focus and muted colors feature midnight-blue skies, snowy scenes of the stable in Bethlehem, and the traditional gathering around the manger. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577684107
  • Publisher: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    Sweet Nativity Story

    The Nativity story is viewed from the point-of-view of Rachel, the young daughter of a shepherd. Rachel finds a silver bell with a red ribbon, which the wise woman in the village says is to be given away when the time is right. Meanwhile Rachel's father is tending his sheep when the angels proclaim the news 'tonight God's son was born.' Her father rushes to the village to bring Rachel along with him to Bethlehem. He is giving a newborn lamb to the new baby. Rachel suddenly realizes the purpose of the silver bell and she ties it around the neck of the baby lamb as her gift to the Christ Child. The religious symbolism of the lamb as a gift high-lights the gift of the Lamb of God and foreshadows the image of The Good Shepherd. The soft water color illustrations are perfect for the gentle text. This is a purchase for those libraries in need of a Christmas story which emphasizes the joy of giving.

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