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We Believe in Christmas
     

We Believe in Christmas

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by Karen Kingsbury, Daniel J. Brown (Illustrator)
 

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“If we want the perfect star to shine upon our tree, Look and see that Brightest Star, and there will Christmas be.” On Christmas we give and get presents, we sing songs, and we decorate our homes. But what is Christmas really about? Is our happy holiday a Holy Day? Find out why we place the star on the Christmas tree. Imagine Christmas guests as

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“If we want the perfect star to shine upon our tree, Look and see that Brightest Star, and there will Christmas be.” On Christmas we give and get presents, we sing songs, and we decorate our homes. But what is Christmas really about? Is our happy holiday a Holy Day? Find out why we place the star on the Christmas tree. Imagine Christmas guests as travelers of long ago. And let the beautiful song “Silent Night” fill your mind with pictures of the night Jesus was born. Because Christmas is God’s gift to us—and if we look around and remember, we’ll learn to see the real Christmas. This endearing story by bestselling novelist Karen Kingsbury will capture the hearts of children and parents and grandparents will appreciate the applications they can share.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

This plodding poem never manages to convey the "wondrous awe" to which the author alludes. "Then when we talk of wondrous awe,/no matter what we see,/let's think back in wondrous awe, and/there will Christmas be." Brown's vibrant, if somewhat static, paintings show a multiethnic group of children and adults getting costumed and ready for the traditional pageant, while the leaden couplets try to coax readers into thinking about the true meaning of the holiday. The disconnect between the words and the more engaging illustrations limit the appeal of this offering.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
This bestselling inspirational author offers a heartfelt holiday story about a family's participation in a traditional Christmas pageant at their church, contrasting the meaning behind the first Christmas with modern, secular celebrations. The text follows the family as they drive through town past decorated stores, shoppers and Santa greeting children in a store window. Rhyming couplets on each spread describe some secular aspect of the season, followed by a more religious way of looking at it and ending with the refrain "and there will Christmas be." These comparisons are always stated in a gentle way, without directly criticizing the commercial or materialistic aspects of the season. At first these couplets rhyme and scan well, but then they mysteriously stop rhyming. This break in the rhyme scheme jars readers, as does a conspicuous grammatical error ("you and me will always find our Christmas"). Brown's attractive illustrations include a multiethnic cast in the Christmas pageant and a lovely view of a girl playing the role of Mary on the cover. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310712121
Publisher:
Zonderkidz
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

Growing up, I traced sports stars from newspapers, was fascinated by illustrations in magazines, and chose the books I read by the cover art.

Thirty years later, I have painted major leaguers, seen my work in magazines, and may have influenced someone’s purchase of a book with my artwork.

Some people tell me I’m still just a little boy.

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We Believe in Christmas 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Read this book to my grandchild ages 7, 6 and 5 yrs old. this will be one we will read together every year before Christmas.
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