Tag Archives: Marilyn Lashbrook

Books for Christmas

IMG_3613Looking for books about the Christmas story? These are a few of my favourites.

‘No Tree for Christmas’ by Marilyn Lashbrook illusrated by Stephanie McFetridge Britt. (ISBN 9781859857069)

This book is ideal for younger children. There are phrases to repeat and great pictures. (Not too sure that there would have been pigs in a stable in Bethlehem but I don’t think children would worry about this!)

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My First Story of Christmas by Tim Dowler. Illustrated by Roger Langton. (ISBN 9781859856574)

Another great book for young children designed as a gift book for 4-7 year olds. I love the fact that this book accurately depicts the shepherds coming to the stable and the wise men to the house a few years later. The wise men were never at the stable! Great illustrations with lots of detail and suitable humour.

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Jesus is Born! Children’s Activity Book. (www.dayspring.com).Illustration Jin Young Lee/Shutterstock

This strory/puzzle book with four pages of stickers would make a good stocking filler or a small gift for Sunday School children. Rather than retelling the Christmas Story the book includes the Bible references. There are puzzles throughout. The stickers can be added to the line drawn pictures which the child can colour in.

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You can check out the Lion Hudson website for more books. http://www.lionhudson.com/

Also the CLC website – http://www.clcbookshops.com/ I bought these books from their London Store.

‘Me Too!’ Bible story books review

The Me Too! series of Bible story books by Marilyn Lashbrook, illustated by Stephanie McFetridge Britt are written for very young children. They are interactive – things to point at in the illustrations, questions to answer, repetitive phrases to join in with.The authors use of onomatopoeia allows you to add lots of expression to the story. The books are great to read aloud and still enjoyable after many repeated readings. They could easily be used in a small group setting – great books to have in a book corner at a toddler group or to use as prizes for the young children in Sunday School or as leavers gifts for children moving on from toddler group.

Some of the versionsof the books are very small and so unsuitable to reading to a group  – so beware if buying online and check the sizes.

The illustrations are clear and often suitably humorous. Sometimes they aren’t quite true to the time in which the stories took place which I think is a shame. But that’s my only niggle. My own children loved these books when they were little.

The books are published by Lion Hudson (Candle Books) and are available from their website www.lionhudson.com also from www.amazon.co.uk and from www.abebooks.co.uk (with free delivery)