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Number of Pages: 16
Vendor: Concordia Publishing House
Publication Date: 2011
Availability: In Stock
Series: Arch Books
mmc sunday school5 Stars Out Of 5Great Christmas StoryJanuary 14, 2014mmc sunday schoolQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
A fun adaptation on one aspect of the Christmas story.
The illustrations are unique and cute. The book is a great addition to any children's library.
Christine M. Irvin4 Stars Out Of 5The Christmas Story about the 3 Wise Men, in verseNovember 16, 2011Christine M. IrvinQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3
Once Upon a Clear, Dark Night, written by Jeffrey E. Burkart, tells the story of the three Wise Menâ€™s trip to Bethlehem to witness Jesusâ€™ birth. The story is based on the Bible verses of Matthew 2:1-12.
It starts with the Wise Men seeing the star in the East. They then travel to Jerusalem to see King Herod. He instructs them to go to Bethlehem and find Baby Jesus, then return and tell him where Baby Jesus is. They travel to Bethlehem and bring gifts for the new King, but they are warned in dreams to return home without going back to King Herod.
The figures of the characters in the illustrations by Natalia Vasquez remind me of wooden carvings. They are colorful but not very expressive.
What I Like: This book is part of a series of books by the publisher that tell many different stories from the Bible. I like the continuity you get in a series of books.
What I Dislike: This book is written in rhyming verse. As many of you already know, I am not a big fan of books that are written in rhyme as it is difficult to do it and do it well. Unfortunately, this book is another example of a story written with rhymes that are sometimes forced.
Overall Rating: Good.
Age Appeal: 4-8.