In introductory notes, author Sally Lloyd-Jones asks, “When does the story of Christmas begin? Does it begin in Bethlehem? Or with the angel Gabriel visiting Mary? Or with shepherds in the fields watching their flocks? Or with a bright star shining on a little stable?” This collection of stories, songs, and reflections for young children and their families is her answer. Lloyd-Jones frames her Advent and Christmas collection on the first 24 chapters of her renowned storybook Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible, reiterating its theme—Christmas “begins in the heart of God” and God had planned from the beginning to send a Great Rescuer to save his lost people.
Perfect for families with young children, each brief Advent reflection shares a portion of Scripture, a short narrative from The Jesus Storybook Bible, and an age-appropriate question or comment for reflection. Throughout the text and on the book’s back cover, buttons inviting children to “press here” activate 20 seconds of Christmas carols or narrations by British actor, David Suchet. Artist Jago’s emotive illustrations portray the wonder of God’s redemptive plan and his love for his people and the world. (Zonderkidz)