Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Child of Bethlehem" by Elena Paquali & illustrated by Kristina Stephenson

About the book:  (from Barnes & Noble website) Closely following the gospels, this lilting retelling of the Nativity perfectly matches Kristina Stephenson's heartwarming illustrations that put children at the heart of the story. The traditional stories of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men are told with additional gentle moments depicting the children of Bethlehem eagerly watching the miraculous events of the first Christmas unfold. This delightful retelling of the Nativity will bring young readers to the heart of Christmas.

My thoughts:  As the traditional Biblical account of the birth of Jesus unfolds, there are children on the scene. Perhaps they were there in the time and place it all really took place, and maybe they were not.  However, this rendering of the Nativity brings the story to children through the eyes of a child as they see THE Child of Bethlehem.

The illustrations by Kristina Stephenson are gentle, big enough but not overly large, and simple.  Just like children like them.  The story shows that there was doubt on the part of Joseph but that his fears and doubts were allayed by God's message.  The trusting heart of Mary is revealed in her response to the message she received from God's messenger as to her role in the birth of the Savior.

Little hands will delight to hold this book about Jesus and point to the babe. 

DISCLOSURE:  Kregel provided a complimentary copy of Child of Bethlehem on behalf of the author and publisher, Lion Hudson, to me in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to provide a positive review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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