The Book I Bought for December: A Christmas Journey

ChristmasJourneyThis wonderful retelling of the Christmas story, written and illustrated by Susie Poole, starts at creation and ends in Nazareth after Herod has died and Mary, Joseph, and Jesus can safely return from Egypt.

Yes … it’s quite a journey!

This 40-page picture book (B&H Kids) puts the Christmas story into context for kids and families–Jesus is God’s gift, planned long before He was sent, to bring God’s light back into the world after Adam and Eve’s sin snuffed it out.

The language and illustrations are kid friendly. The story moves easily. Readers are introduced to Adam and Eve, the snake in the garden, the prophet Isaiah, God’s angel messengers, Zechariah and Elizabeth, baby John, Mary and Joseph, the Bethlehem shepherds, Simeon, King Herod, and wise men from the East.

One thing I especially like is that the text layout never overpowers the pages of the book.  Parent Connection questions at the back will help families talk about the story. There’s a simple glossary of important words and places too.

Whether you read through the book in one sitting or just a few pages a day leading up to Christmas, I know your family will enjoy this journey, year after year. Merry Christmas!


All through 2014 I’ve enjoyed buying a book a month to support retailers and fellow authors and recommending them to you! Read about the books I bought for January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.


– Diane

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