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Ash5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Christmas BookNovember 1, 2018AshI am delighted to add The Christmas Cradle to our book selection. Between these colorful pages lies a story of family, celebration, and the true neaning of Christmas. Reading this book and beginning the tradition of The Christmas Cradle this season will be a new exciting tradition for our family.
Dikkon Eberhart5 Stars Out Of 5A granddaughter favoriteNovember 1, 2018Dikkon EberhartQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My 7-year-old granddaughter read me Meadow Merrill's new book and, at the climax of the story, she broke away from her reading to say excitedly, "Grandpa, they already know about Jesus!" That confirmed for me what I already thought--'Good Job, author Merrill.' -- The contemporary time children are eager to go to their aunt's house to decorate for a Christmas party, but when they get there, they discover that the house is unusable because of a furnace failure. Instead, they decide to use the family's barn for the party. So the barn--with farm animals--needs to be cleaned and decorated, and the cradle in the barn needs to be filled with love...that is, with notes from the children telling Jesus what they did to serve to make the impromptu party location a grand success. Excellent story for engaging children today with the relative value of service over presents. The last page is directed to today's parents with thematic suggestions about how to do just that.
Ann5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful StorySeptember 6, 2018AnnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christmas had become a time of stress for my family with all the shopping and decorating and giving of token gifts not really needed or appreciated. It was then that I simplified the holiday season by focusing on Jesus, God's greatest gift. Acts of service in His Name gives me a peace and joy lacking in the secular holiday. Now any gifts I give are made by hand with love. For eight years, I have volunteered during Christmas at the Library to read stories to children who come from all countries to celebrate Jesus' birth at the Billy Graham Library. One book was similar to the Christmas Cradle, but I much enjoyed the fact that children and adults can put "cards" recalling the loving service they performed for others inside a cradle. The "gifts" placed inside the cradle brings the Christmas story of Jesus full circle. It reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas, our gift of Salvation. The book is very colorful and the vivid colors are sure to attract the attention of young children. The sweet story of celebrating Christmas in Aunt Jenny's farm turns into an opportune teaching moment to share the story of the Christ child born in a stable. Molly forgets about Santa and elves and reindeer this night and gives her heart to Jesus. Truly a much-needed reminder for our children to remember why we started celebrating Christmas. Maybe this could become a book that deserves regular reading at Christmas. The book was offered for review free of charge by the Hendrickson Rose Publishing.
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