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A Night of Great Joy
by Mary Engelbreit


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Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children's Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that Jesus was born.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children's Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that Jesus was born.

A Night of Great Joy recalls that fateful night with wonder and awe. From the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to the gathering of many before the baby Jesus, this holiday treasure leads children through the tale of the birth of Jesus, guiding them with the star of Bethlehem.

Mary Engelbreit, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the blockbuster Christmas classic The Night Before Christmas, brings readers a new holiday picture book that's sure to become a family favorite.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780310743545
  • ISBN-10: 0310743540
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Holidays & Celebrations - Christmas & Advent
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Religious - Christian - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

An elementary-school Christmas pageant plays out with warm humor in Engelbreits (The Night Before Christmas) holiday offering. The authors cherubic characters perform the Nativity story using rudimentary props that will trigger smiles: a robed Joseph with a comically fake beard pulls Mary in a red wagon outfitted with a donkey head, a rocking horse and a rubber duck keep watch in the stable, the newborn Jesus is a rag doll, and stuffed animals fill in for sheep. The narrative is a straightforward, pared-down version of the biblical tale, without dialogue, which leaves the pictures to showcase the childrens personalities (two shepherds fight over a toy lamb, a prima donnas antics irk her fellow angels, and a costumed cow falls asleep as the Wise Men arrive). The Nativity tale is one of great things born out of humble circumstances, a theme that dovetails perfectly with the homespun staging of the childrens production. Ages 48. (Oct.)

 
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