From the Children: Advent & Christmas, All ages section

Notice: This site is no longer being updated. It will continue to be available as an archive, at least until the end of March 2019. If you rely on it for review links, please adjust them before then.

The project has disseminated reviews and other information about Christian books since the start of the Millennium. We regret that it is no longer possible to sustain it.

The First Christmas

Retold by Karen Williamson illustrated by Simon Mendez


Price: £6.99
Publisher:Candle Books imprint of Lion Hudson
Published:September 2011
Not board pages but double card which makes for easy to turn pages for little fingers and enables a lovely surprise at the end.
Intended for ‘toddlers and early readers’ this book has a special feel about it. No puppets portraying the story, but real people, beautifully and sympathetically painted to make you feel that you are seeing things as they really were. When the shepherds arrive in Bethlehem, there on the final page spread, opens out a crib scene which could be left on display over the Christmas period. Lovely. Karen Williamson’s retelling of the story fits to the illustrations just right. Highly recommended.

Listen to this review

Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew   (26/09/11)
Scripture Union
Ritchie Christian Media
Together Magazine
The Third Target - Joel Rosenberg
Church House Bookshop
Candle Books
Gospel for Asia UK
CLC Christian Bookshops
Aslan Christian Books