All about Christmas: Over 100 Amazing Facts behind the Christmas Story – Alison Mitchell

All About Christmas Alison Mitchell
All about Christmas: Over 100 Amazing Facts behind the Christmas Story by Alison Mitchell
Also by this author: Jesus and the Lions' Den: A True Story about How Daniel Points Us to Jesus, The Storm That Stopped, The One O'Clock Miracle, The Christmas Promise, Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen Who Choose To Serve (Do Great Things For God), Jesus Moments: David: Finding Jesus in the Story of David, Jesus Moments: David
Published by Good Book Company on September 19, 2022
Genres: Children's, Bible Stories, Christmas
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Children’s book bursting with facts about the Christmas story and colorful photography.

Bursting with colorful photography, this essential reference guide helps curious young minds check out the facts behind the very first Christmas, as well as enjoy fun stories about the way Christmas is celebrated around the world.

Inside the pages of All about Christmas, you’ll find:

- engaging content suitable for ages 7-10, Key Stage 2 (KS2)

- colorful photography with clear text in bite-sized "fact file" chunks of information to encourage and inform even reluctant readers

- punchy facts providing at-a-glance information

- hardback format, making it the perfect gift

Go back in time and explore fascinating facts about the Roman civilization at the time of Jesus’ birth, what the life of a shepherd was like, and how far Mary and Joseph traveled to get to Bethlehem. Plus, have fun checking out why Germans hide pickles and why Icelandic children leave their shoes on the window sill on Christmas Eve!

Children will learn that the Christmas story is rooted in real places, real people and real historic events, so they can be confident that it is fact, not fiction.

This well-designed reference guide introduces children to the historical context for Christmas, moving through the account in the gospel of Luke. The book explains key concepts, defines vocabulary words, and shares background information. The sidebars are attractive and easy to read, and Alison Mitchell packs a lot of information and photos into the pages without any of this seeming cluttered. All about Christmas will appeal to kids who like the DK Eyewitness series, and unlike many recent imitators, this book isn’t flashy or overstimulating.

All about Christmas: Over 100 Amazing Facts behind the Christmas Story will appeal to many elementary-aged children who enjoy reading nonfiction and want to learn more about the factual basis for their faith. The pages about Roman history are especially clarifying, helping kids understand the political and social backdrop for the Christmas story. My one critique is that it would have been helpful if the author had included more information about why we should trust the biblical accounts of Jesus’s life. When Mitchell introduces Luke, she explains how he wrote his gospel based on eyewitness stories, but she could have enhanced this with a kid-level summary of evidence against common myths, such as the claim that the gospel manuscripts changed dramatically over time.

This book is a great resource for any family or Sunday school class that wants to explore the historical basis for Christmas and the Christian faith. It will appeal to a broad age range, especially if parents simplify it for younger kids and leave out some of the more complex information when reading it aloud. Elementary-aged kids will enjoy reading this to themselves and looking at the different pictures, maps, and diagrams, and the book has strong reread potential because it is so information-rich and thorough.