This book is an excellent read-aloud for the advent season. The well written story portrays the salvation message and the true meaning of Christmas in a way that will stick with your children. My children, 4, 7 and 9 were eager to read every night and even my 4 year old sat and listened with interest and anticipation. The story opened the door for some great family discussions!
I am pleasantly surprised with this book! It is a story of a boy who gets separated from his family. As he searches for them, he meets people who teach him about, and are looking for, the coming of the Messiah. It has given my children a child's-eye-view of life at that time. I bought all 3 in the trilogy and plan to read another one next year.
It is a little scary at times, as the boy must fight jackals, dishonest men, dangerous people, is sold into slavery, and make tough decisions.
Complete with suspense, humor, joy and sorrow, this book has brought us to truly look forward to Christmas day as the day of Christ's birth!
What a great book! Jotham, and his companions Tabitha and Bartholomew, are heroes of the story. You have a set schedule for the readings, one each day, leading to Christmas. Jotham is placed in Israel, right before the birth of Jesus, and experiences many trials and joys as the book draws to the climax and conclusion. The pace and writing remind me of the way those Saturday matinee movies were supposed to be in the early 1940s and 50s. While I wasn't alive to see them, I hear that the plot was action packed and each wild episode ended with a cliffhanger. That's the feel of each day's Jotham's Journey reading. HOWEVER, this wild ride has great truth in it. Couldn't ask for more.
While I am usually a fan of only great literature for myself and the kids, I love this series.