On That First Christmas Eve

Book cover: 'On That First Christmas Eve'
Author(s): 
Carol and Robert Dowgiallo
Illustrator(s): 
Dorothy Perez
ISBN: 
1 592 761 836
Copyright: 
2005
Publisher: 
Our Sunday Visitor
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
48 pages
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

This is one of those delightful children's books that I wish was hard-covered instead of paperback! This book is a simple idea: a 40-some page poem that details the first Christmas Eve. Sounds pretty traditional and common, yes? The unique thing about this book, though, is that the authors link that first Christmas Eve to Jesus' baptism and death on the Cross and then come back full circle to the first night, but now with children of the world surrounding the manger. It's a beautifully done explanation for WHY Christ was born. In simple rhythm poetry and simple pictures, children are shown that Jesus was born in a manger two thousand years ago, but his birth and resurrection are just as much for the children of today as for the shepherd children in that long ago field.

The illustrations by Dorothy Perez add to the innocence and beauty of the book. The pictures are lightly drawn colored-pencil sketches, a new sketch on every two-page spread. A simple, lovely book for children to read throughout the Christmas season.

Perspective: 
Catholic
Review Date: 
12-1-05
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