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My family and I highly recommend this book. With absolutely beautiful illustrations, the story of The First Christmas Night takes us on the journey of the birth of Jesus. Set to the cadence of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, the words are lyrical and fun to read. The message is beautiful, the wording is beautiful, and the story is of course the most amazing and beautiful story ever told. As you snuggle up with your loved ones this Christmas, I highly encourage you to share The First Christmas Night.
The First Christmas Night would make a wonderful gift for Christian families and children. The musical quality of the words in the story makes the book enjoyable for even the youngest of audiences. This book would be a fabulous tool to help children in youth liturgy share the story of Jesus; either by reading it as a chorus to the congregation or having it read to them by a Sunday School teacher, minister, or priest. It would also make a fantastic addition for those of you that make Christmas book advent count downs. This book is bound to become a family favorite and tradition!
A lyrical retelling of the birth of Christ modeled after ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’, The First Christmas Night tells the beautiful story of that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem through 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 oil illustrations of Christine Kornacki. Ages 4-8.
’Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound…….
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.
About the Illustrator:
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, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal’s Children’s Books. Christine’s recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile. She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.