Title: The Christmas House
Author: Laura St. John
Illustrator: Ron Neale
Publisher: Sky Sun Publishing
“This house may look similar to yours or mine, but what happens inside makes this home special,” Laura St. John begins her children’s book, The Christmas House.
~ What ~
At thirty-two pages, this hardbound targets children in grades 3 to 4 who like stories of Christ’s birth and how it affects others. With no scary scenes, its detailed colorful illustrations grace most pages with black font writing set apart from the scenes.
In this short yet updated spiritual tale about the Nativity, a young couple is out on Christmas Eve, seeking shelter as the wife is with child. As they knock on doors to the neighborhood houses, they come across those who are engrossed in their electronic gadgets or too busy to hear or care about the two strangers at their porch. Only when they find a house filled with love and merriment celebrating Christmas are they asked in where the Baby Jesus is born.
Children’s books that promote Jesus standing at the door of our hearts are important at any age. I like the non-judgmental way the writer stated some of the neighbors had no time or interest in their special visitors. I appreciated the directness of the story in that we need to be alert to God trying to get our attention.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ or celebrate His birth may not like this book. Some of the two- and three-syllable words may be hard to decipher by beginner readers.
~ Wish ~
I wish the two Santa Claus designs in the illustrations were omitted as, I feel, they have nothing to do with Christ’s birth.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a reminder about the true meaning of Christmas and to not be caught up using electronics, this is a keeper for the holiday.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2KAI3FE