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Nov 04 2010

The Christmas book by Dick Bruna

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Hardie Grant Egmont, 2007 (c1964). ISBN 9781921288814.
(Age 4-8) Recommended. Dick Bruna, the creator of the Miffy books, tells the Nativity story in this charming book. Although first published in 1964, it is a timeless book that will appeal to today's children, who may want to know the story behind Christmas.
Bruna has retold the story of the shepherds and the three wise men following a bright light that is an angel, to a stable in Bethlehem in a manner that is simple and easy to understand. The language is direct and sincere and describes the Nativity in a very straightforward way.
The delightful illustrations complement the words. I can image children using ideas from the way that Bruna has constructed his figures to making their own Nativity scene.
A useful addition to a collection of Christmas books, The Christmas book would also be book to read aloud to tell the story of the birth of Jesus.
Pat Pledger

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