Christmas by Dick Bruna has to be one of the most delightful children’s nativity picture books I’ve come across, telling an elementary tale of the nativity story with simple, but charming pictures in a hard back book. To mark the 50th anniversary since the book was first published in 1963, a stunning gold and white edition has been published by Simon and Schuster.
Christmas tells the tale of the shepherds who see the bright light of an angel telling them of a baby called Jesus who has been born in Bethlehem. They make their way to meet Jesus and find him in a stable. The three kings also make a visit bringing gifts before returning home on their camels the spread the word that Jesus was born. Everyone decided that every year the day that Jesus was born should be a holiday and that day is Christmas day.
I have read this to my children aged 5 and 3 numerous times over the last week or two. This is the perfect time of year to read the book and due to them enjoying both the story and the pictures, it has become a firm favourite at the moment. They love the nativity story which 5 year old Miss M recognises from what she has learnt at school . She loves the style of the book and has read the book to us a few times with it’s easy to read sentences and simple style. Mister B who is 3 enjoys the pictures which are simple and recognisable giving us something to talk about.
The Christmas book includes a ribbon bookmark to save the page you are on with a delightful angel attached half way along. Miss M love this and guides it through the pages as we read. Dick Bruna’s illustrations are uncomplicated in design but totally lovable. Any fans of Miffy (which we are) will instantly recognise his unique style which has lasting appeal through generations.
I absolutely adore this Christmas book by Dick Bruna and highly recommend it. It’s classic tale that has widespread appeal which children will enjoy year after year. The 50th anniversary edition is a delight that I am proud to put on my bookshelf and one that I only let the children read supervised. This book will be enjoyed many times over by our family on the run up to Christmas and is a book that I hope I can read and pass on to my grandchildren one day.
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