Prepare your young children for Christmas by reading aloud these delightful and inspiring stories. Familiar customs such as the Advent wreath and the Christmas tree, as well as traditions from other parts of the world, are woven into charming stories with colorful illustrations. Included are stories from the Bible related to the birth of Christ, along with tales of children learning the true meaning of Christmas. Ages 3 to 7 years.
By Claudia Cangilla McAdam
It's Christmas Eve in the year 722, and Kristoph, a young orphan boy, is accompanying the missionary priest Boniface through the German countryside. They are hurrying to reach the next village by nightfall when they come upon a group of people in the forest worshiping an oak tree and preparing to sacrifice the son of the village chieftain. To prove that the oak is powerless and that there is only One True God, Boniface miraculously fells the giant tree with a single ax stroke. In its place stands an evergreen. Calling it "the tree of the Christ Child," he instructs the men to mend their lives and take the tree home where it will shelter "loving gifts and lights of kindness." Now rescued, the son of the village chieftain invites Boniface and Kristoph to share Christmas with his family . . . around another evergreen that Kristoph cuts down for their own celebration.
"New Christmas stories of the saints are hard to find, so readers will savor the retelling of this nearly-forgotten legend as told by seasoned children's author Claudia Cangilla McAdam."
By Tim J. Myers Illustrated by Necdet Yilmaz
A wonderful story for children that is about taking, but also giving—about stubbornness, but also a change of heart.
The spoiled prince learns well from his wise grandmother who knew that all he really needed...a stick. It was sturdy, and as long as he was tall. But it was just a stick. This simple gift opens the prince to the power of imagination, the pleasure of doing, and eventually, theheart-soothing, joy-inducing warmth of not only being loved—but loving.
With his gift of storytelling, Tim Myers' Christmas story for kids can teach hearts of allages. Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and university lecturer. He's been nominated for two Pushcarts, won a poetry contest judged by John Updike, and is the author of a dozen children's books. His Basho and the Fox was a New York Times Children's Bestseller and was read aloud on NPR. www.TimMyersStorySong.com.
Necdet Yilmaz was born and raised in Istanbul, where he attended Marmara University School of Fine Arts and Design. He has illustrated dozens of books for children and lives in New York.
By Julia Stone
Let the Little Angels bring you all the way to Bethlehem where you will meet Mary and Joseph, and baby Jesus in the manger. See the shepherds and wise men ...and know thatangels are all around you. Delightful pastel illustrations and a charming story make this picture book perfect for the youngest of children during Advent and Christmas.
Embark on a family journey and find Christ in Christmas! During the Advent season, begin reading the story of your shepherd's timeless journey in a beautifully illustrated interactive children's book, and let the fun begin every day as you hide your shepherd and your children find him in a new place along the search! The shepherd's journey begins anew every Christmas season and ends on Christmas day as your shepherd finds his way to the manger. Make meaningful Christmas memories as year after year your family delights in helping your cuddly shepherd retell the timeless story that focuses on the true meaning of Christmas. Include with The Shepherd on the Search Children's Christmas Music & Reading CD for an inspiring combination of fun, praise, and meaningful activity—a wonderful way to keep Christ in Christmas.
The Shepherd On The Search
Finding Christ in Christmas
Story by Josh & Lindsey Helms
with Illustrations by Jonathan Bishop
Nativity keepsake box - approx. 9 3/4"W x 11 1/4"H x 3"D
Hardcover interactive storybook - 9 1/8" x 9"
Plush shepherd - approx. 9"H
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