Friday, November 22, 2013

The First Christmas Night Review and Giveaway

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I love Christmas. I especially love Christmas books We have quite the collection and every year we try to find 1-2 more to add to it. So when I was offered to review a new Christmas book of course I signed up. 

A moms review:
We received a copy of The First Christmas Night to review. The book is written by Keith Christopher and illustrated by Christine Kornacki. The First Christmas Night was written with children ages 4-8 in mind however even older children will love this book! The book is a beautiful lyrical retelling of the story of Jesus' birth. The book follows the model of the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas," poem so it is a very easy read and great for young children who are developing language skills or learning to read.

"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."

The book is a nice large 10 x 10, 32 page hardback book. The painted illustrations in the book are breathtaking. They are so realistic and look like actual photographs. Each illustration practically jumps of of the page. The attention to detail was mind boggling. My very artistic daughter couldn't stop talking about how lovely the illustrations were.

Look at these beautiful illustrations!
The story shares the real meaning of Christmas, Jesus and his birth. It starts out with the following scripture, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given... Isaiah 9:6." Then the poem begins with an introduction of the little town of Bethlehem and the animals in the stable. Next Mary and Joseph arrive at the stable tired and ready for their baby's arrival. Finally the special moment comes and Jesus is born and laid in his manger bed. As Mary watches over her baby 3 nearby shepherd visited by host of angels and told of Jesus' birth. They set off to find the special place. Meanwhile 3 Kings from the far East follow a star to find baby Jesus so they can present him with gifts.

In the back of the book you will also find the Biblical story of the first Christmas taken from Luke 2:1, 4-16, 20 and Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11.

We all enjoyed this book and it was a great way to share the story of Jesus' birth with the children. the book is a great story for family story time during the holidays, children's ministers and Sunday school teachers. It is a must have book for your Christmas library!

About the book:
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 Christine Kornacki..

About the Author
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. Read his interview on the Examiner.

About the Illustrator 
Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life at an early age. After receiving her BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape. She illustrated the best-selling book, The Sparkle Box for Ideals Children's Books. She lives in Connecticut. 

Links to follow:
-Ideals Website
-Ideals Facebook page

Gwyns review (7 yrs old):
I liked the book a lot. The pictures were really pretty and it was a nice story about Jesus.

Where to buy:

The First Christmas Night can be purchased Amazon right now for $12.52. You can also purchase off the Ideals website for $16.99.

Be sure to check out our Sparkle Box review from last year! It's another book you must add to your Christmas library.

Now time for the giveaway: 
Ideals has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of the this amazing book to one lucky reader. Only the first entry is mandatory. Other entries are optional and give you extra chances. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winner will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winner must reply within 48 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. Prize will be mailed via the marketing company.

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Trisha D. said...

Looks like a beautiful story to educate on the true meaning of Christmas.

Kayla rice said...

This looks like a great book. We love the book, The Christmas story!

Kayla rice said...

I have so many favorites. I just love this season so much. We love making reindeer pancakes Christmas morning, the little ones love it.

brett said...

we have a collection of Christmas books, I'll have to check this one out too.

homemakinghacks said...

This sounds like a wonderful book to share with kiddos, we could always use Christmas books. Thanks for sharing this one!

Ellen C said...

Personally I love A Christmas Carol. Such a great story of redemption.

JadeLouise Designs said...

That is quite a beautiful book! I love the illustrations! We love books like this for this time of year.

Monica Street said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I read this book at Barnes & Noble and cried like a baby lol. it's a beautiful story. Hope we can add this to our collection. I'd have to say my favorite Christmas book is The Polar Express. My kids love it!

Alecia @CSNY said...

We found a really odd book called "Santa Duck" at a discount store, it's a funny story about a duck that finds a santa costume and all the other animals think he's santa.

Amber Taylor said...

I've always loved the Polar Express, even before it became a movie.

Amy Desrosiers said...

My favorite Christmas Book is the Night Before Christmas!

Pam W said...

I think the illustrations in The First Christmas Night are beautiful!

Jennifer B said...

This looks like such a wonderful book for Christmas!

Chrishelle Ebner said...

The illustrations in The First Christmas are beautiful. I would love to pick one up for my great niece. Maybe I will get lucky and win a copy.

Deborah E said...

Very lovely post. I like how clean and well formatted it is. I can easily go to the section about the author, the illustrator, the book. And, wow, what excellent illustration! How gifted.

Francine Morrell said...

This looks like a great Christmas read!

blm03 said...

that looks like a great book my kids would like.

Danyelle said...

Those look like very pretty books.

TheNewClassy said...

From the pics in your review, I am really loving the artwork in this book.

Mama to 5 Blessings said...

looks like a nice book, love books that are what Christmas is really about!

Janeane Davis said...

My favorite thing to win in giveaways is always a good book with a great story and wonderful illustrations.

Jess c said...

Of course a great story but the illustrations look fantastic!! I'll definitely check this one out

SDgator said...

Holiday books are always nice to have for the kids. It is true that we sometimes need a reminder that Christmas is not just about shopping and gift giving.

Julie said...

I go home for the holidays thanks

Shannah at Just Us Four said...

I love reading books about the holidays to my kids so they can get a firmer grasp on the reasons for the season.

Danielle said...

Oh now this is a book I'd love to have!!

Merry said...

My favorite christmas book is the Story of Jesus Birth from the Bible

Carma said...

The book you reviewed is now on my wish list! Some of my favorites include: One Wintry Night, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, and Christmas Day in the Morning.

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