“At the end of each engaging story, children will find their own letter from God written especially for them,” the inside flap jacket cover states in Glenys Nellist’s children’s book, Christmas Love Letters from God: Bible Stories.
~ What ~
Part of the Love Letters from God series, this unnumbered oversized thirty-two-page hardbound with an embossed cover jacket targets children four to eight years old who enjoy Christmas stories and supposed personal letters from God. Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible, seven stories regarding Jesus birth are included. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.
This charming book has seven Bible stories that cover four pages each. Chapters are titled Isaiah’s Good News, Mary’s Song, Joseph’s Dream, Bethlehem’s Road, Jesus Joy!, Shepherd’s Surprise, and Wise Men’s Wonder. Each story references the Bible verses used, contains a short story with a rhyming poem, a written out verse of God’s perfect promise, and a fold-out letter to the reader from God with a line to write in the child’s name. The ending has a larger fold-out card to Jesus with sixteen blank lines to fill out and a place for the writer’s signature. The colored illustrations are detailed and interesting, covering the full pages.
~ Why ~
Focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, this book will keep the attention of young ones. My favorite was the story of Mary learning she is with child (she only questions that she is not married). The poem is a revision of her song, and the letter from God asks how we feel when we hear people singing Christmas carols and reminds us to listen to Him. Isaiah 58:8 is written out.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in Christmas stories about Christ’s birth. Some children’s thinking process may not be advanced for writing a letter at the ending. Others may wish there were more than seven letters from God added. I found the italicized font hard to read compared to the other printing.
~ Who ~
Author Nellist has had stories and poems published in children magazines and produced other books in this series. She lives in Michigan with her husband. Illustrator Clowes illustrates children’s books and lives with her husband and family in Yorkshire, England.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God and Jesus were capitalized for reverence. The lines on the letter to Jesus seem too close together for some beginner writers.
~ Want ~
If your child wants an interactive book of seven stories of Jesus’s birth with letters written to them from God and a place to respond, this will make a good choice.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for this complimentary book, accepting my unbiased positive or negative opinion.
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