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Summary: The story of Christ's birth, as written in the Gospel of Luke, is retold at a child's level. Like all Bible stories, this is one to be shared as a family. It's a modestly detailed description that parents may find useful.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 7; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 2 to 8
Reading Level: 3.2
Age of Child: Started reading with a child 18 months old.
Young Reader Reaction: S/He asks for this periodically throughout the year.
Adult Reader Reaction: We haven't limited this story to just Christmas, so it gets read regularly. There is plenty of story to tell…without getting into concepts kids won't understand. Perfectly suitable for toddlers (even though the recommended age range is 5 to 8). We like this version the best.
Pros: The story is more detailed than many of the others we've seen. It will sound closer to what s/he hears in church, too.
Cons: None, really. The story stops with the arrival of the shepherds. There are no Magi.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is an easy one for taking to church.