The Town That Forgot About Christmas

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No decorations? No presents? No good cheer? Christmas is just an ordinary day in a town where the people have become mean and selfish and forgotten all about Jesus. But everything changes when a merry woodcarver blows in, using his art-a Christmas cr che project-to help the townspeople rediscover the holiday's true meaning. Gordon's (The Three Little Rigs) polished, animation-flavored illustrations, which gradually change from black-and-white to color, add spark to Leigh's revisiting of Mary Warren's 1968 story. Ages 4-up. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
Adapted from Mary Warren's The City That Forgot About Christmas, this book tells the story of Matthew, a gentle man who cannot believe he has come to a town that has forgotten about Christmas. He makes friends with men, women, and children by treating them kindly. As the weather turns colder, Matthew begins carving life-size figures of an angel, Mary, Joseph, and other figures from the Christmas story. As he creates the figures, he tells the story of Christmas to children and their families. The children tell their parents and soon the spirit of Christmas begins to spread through the town. But there is too much work to be completed before Christmas. How can Matthew create all the figures he will need to tell the Christmas story? Stylized illustrations make the humans look quite wooden so that when the figures are put together for Christmas Eve, the townspeople visually become part of the scene. Intended for a Christian audience, the text closes with scriptures from the Bible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758611079
  • Publisher: Concordia Publishing House
  • Publication date: 7/10/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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