“At last the Savior of the world had come,” states the ending of Mary Engelbreit’s children’s book, A Night of Great Joy.
~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-two page oversized hardbound with a glittery embossed cover targets children four to eight years old who enjoy stories of Christ’s birth. Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words. Full-color, full-page illustrations grace the pages with an easy-to-read font.
In this cute story, several children are putting on a pageant explaining the true reason for Christmas: the birth of Jesus. The drawings depict children acting as Joseph, Mary, the innkeeper, wise men, and shepherds, complete with beards, animal costumes, and with toy dolls and animals. Two verses from Luke 2 are written out at the beginning.
~ Why ~
The well-known artist/author has done an excellent job capturing the adorableness and innocence of children performing a Christmas play with the fanciful and detailed illustrations. I love the expression on Mary’s face, the little girls fighting over a toy sheep, only to hug the critter later, and the different personalities of the multiethnic cast at the end.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus and His birth may not be interested in this book.
~ Who ~
Engelbreit has a charming, distinct illustration style that captures both young and old in her books, calendars, fabrics, and gift items.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of Jesus were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun and artistically designed book about children putting on a Christmas pageant, this is a keeper for any child’s bookcase.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for this complimentary book, accepting my unbiased positive or negative opinion.
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