LION BOOK/FIVE-MINUTE CHRISTMASSTORIES Hardcover – Sep 2009
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I found the different first hand accounts and the character reactions to them quite interesting. While the author deviates somewhat from the traditional Biblical account of Jesus' birth, one can enjoy the observations and inner feelings of each of these characters as they tell their stories and the reader identifies with them.
The attempt here to show other angles, through various agents, of the events surrounding the birth of Christ fails miserably. There is none of the pure sweetness of books such as Who is Coming to Our House? or delight in fanciful presentation as found in The Tale of the Three Trees or The Friendly Beasts, or simple insight to be gleaned as from The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree. The result, in each of the 10 stories, is merely silly and off-putting.
It's unfortunate that the high quality, appealing illustrations are tied to such inferior text.
In retelling the story of the Incarnation and Nativity, the writer has rich material with which to weave a story for readers of any age with mystery, beauty, irony and even humor. But the opportunity is wasted here ~ like having the makings of a rich banquet, or even a flavorful, healthy sandwich, and turning out fast food instead.