A Youngster Review: The First Christmas as Retold by Janice D. Green; Illustrated by Violet Vandor

The First Christmas

The Synopsis:

The First Christmas, by Janice Green and illustrated by Violet Vandor, tells the account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Adults and children alike will enjoy snuggling up to share these thirteen colorful scenes and the engaging discussion questions as this timeless story unfolds. Even older readers may be surprised to learn something new as they read again of the Messiah’s birth.

My Review:

UPS: This is a great book!  I really enjoyed flipping through the neatly illustrated pages and reading this beautiful story. Janice did not leave anything out of the story of our Savior, including Mary’s cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zachariah. There are thought provoking questions at the end of every page to help engage the audience, therefore making it an excellent read-aloud. I also enjoyed looking over the content at the back of the book.

DOWNS: I can’t see any “downs” in this book other than it is not recommended to extremely young children (under 2 or 3), as it may not keep their attention.

OVERALL: I recommend this book greatly to parents of youngsters or even too nursery workers, as the interactions would be great for a group of kids!

“I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

Author Bio/Website:

Janice D. Green

Janice D. Green retired as an elementary librarian to write books. She is author, illustrator, and publisher of The Creation, a Bible storybook for children. The colorful illustrations are hand appliqued fabric pictures that have been put together to make a Bible quilt. Her passion is to write about the Bible in a way the encourages people to want to read it for themselves.

Violet Vandor

Violet Vandor was born in Deva, Romania. She studied mechanical drawing in the town of Cluj and web design at the Helvetian Multimedia Institute from Deva. Violet has had more than 40 books published in Romania, Hungary, and USA. In 1991 the “Poverello” publishing house from Miskolc, Hungary published her first coloring book: Christmas Coloring Book. In 1998 Agape Publishing from Szeged, Hungary, published her Biblical Coloring Book. These books were published only in Hungary and many are out of print.

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