WINNER: Wanda Clark
The First Christmas Night
Written by: Keith Christopher
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals BooksHardcover: 32 pages$16.99
About The First Christmas Night…
The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men. The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich acrylic illustrations of Laura Jacques.
’Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.
The moon shining bright in the heavens so high
gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.
The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places
with looks of contentment on each of their faces.
About Keith Christopher…
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
About Christine Kornacki…
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.
We have a tradition in our home of reading a Christmas book each night in December until Christmas. I love Christmas books. I am thrilled to be adding this book to my collection that we will cherish each year. The pictures in this book are stunning and beautiful. I loved the rhyme of the verses as they told the True Christmas story. I do have to say that the book did allude to the 3 wisemen being there on the first Christmas night, which we know isn’t really accurate. That is easy enough to correct when you are reading with your children. It’s a teaching moment. However, I will say that this book is something we will enjoy over and over again.
Now here is the great news! You can have a chance to win a copy of this beautiful book for your own Christmas library. USA and CANADA only. Winner will be chosen by random.org once the giveaway closes at midnight, Eastern time, on November 29, 2013.
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