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A Christmas Story - Brian Wildsmith

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Brian Wildsmith / Edition: Reissue / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2007-10-04 by OUP Oxford

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      02.12.2009 08:01
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      As far as Christmas goes, I am one of those sad little individuals that loves every aspect of the impending occasion. From present buying and wrapping, to making homemade decorations with my babies every part is special to me. I feel I have this attitude due to my mum and dad, they did much the same with me and my siblings as children, so of course I want to replicate that sensation with my children, with the object of this review being one of the many ways I use for the sake of the festive season! Every year I buy my children a new Christmas themed book, this is to read/be read by themselves to get a different aspect on different types of festivities. Now although I am not a devout Christian, I do believe as some would say, so as this is the case I decided to get my children a slightly more religious book, the nativity! The book I will now review is - "A Christmas story by Brian Wildsmith". The book is of course based around part of the nativity story, though told from a different perspective entirely, this time from the donkey that carries Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem's, new baby. The story starts - "Once, a long time ago, in a town called Nazareth, a little donkey was born........." The book then continues, explaining how when the little Donkey was 9 months old, his mother has to leave him with one of Mary's friends Rebecca, so that she could carry a then very heavily pregnant Mary to Bethlehem. But the little Donkey missed his mother terribly and started to pine for her, so Rebecca decided to take the little donkey to find his mother. The journey that ensues has the pair meeting every character mentioned in the original nativity story, and Rebecca takes directions from them to find where her friends have gone. After a final direction in the main town of Bethlehem, she gets directed towards a small wooden shack with what can only be described as a star shining down upon it........ This really is a lovely story. The nativity has always been an integral part of Christmas to me anyway, and the fact that my kids are always included in a nativity play at school meant that they at least had some prior knowledge of the story, albeit from different angle! The text is nice and light in content,, being very short and snappy but getting straight to the heart of the story, though this is far from being a starter reader book, but a really nice book to be read to your child, answering many of the ensuing questions.....so who is this Jesus' bloke anyway....gotta love the directness of a child! The illustrations are a little more unusual though, with the book being almost of a piece of art in it's own right. Each picture is highly detailed, with the pictures looking like medieval tapestries, with the added element of gold leaf, I am like a magpie when it comes to shiny things anyway, so this was an added plus for me! The final draw was how the book ended, far be it for me to spoil what I am sure is an unknown ending to you good people (yes, I am joking!), but I love the fact that instead of ending the story just after the birth scene as many of these stories do, this takes the story further, back to Mary and Joseph's house, giving more incite into their lives afterwards. These books are available from www.amazon.co.uk for pennies now, though when I brought it, it cost me £5.00 from Waterstones, and from the looks of the page on amazon, there are a few different formats of the book currently available. This is a lovely book that will familiarise your child with the story of the nativity, recommended! Thanks for reading x

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