Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"The First Christmas Night" Children's Book Review and Giveaway

’Twas the very first Christmas when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—there was not a sound.
The moon shining bright in the heavens so high
gave the look of midday to the Bethlehem sky.
The animals were nestled in warm, cozy places
with looks of contentment on each of their faces



The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that miraculous night in Bethlehem. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds through Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men. The simple, yet elegant verses appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the beautiful illustrations by Christine Kornacki.

To put it simply-- this book is absolutely beautiful. The words are so eloquently put and the illustrations are absolutely stunning. The story is told in a rhythm that mirrors the flow of T'was The Night Before Christmas and Baby Z loves that. I One of the high points of the book by far is the beautiful illustrations and Baby Z loves looking (and touching) them as I read it. The illustrations are very life-like and just beautiful. I adore this beautiful book and I know it will be a holiday family favorite for many years to come. 

About the Author
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith is on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

About the Illustrator 
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal's Children's Books. Christine's recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut. 

Who is it for?
Kids ages 4-8 
The rhyming language can help them develop verbal language skills and learn to read
Family story time during the holidays
Children's Ministers and Sunday school teachers
Christmas carolers could set it to a tune!

Z loves looking at the beautiful pictures!

The First Christmas Night 
Written by: Keith Christopher 
Illustrated by: Christine Kornacki
Publisher: Ideals Books
Hardcover: 32 pages 

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Buy It: You can buy The First Christmas Night at the Ideals Book website!

Win It: Enter to win your very own copy of The First Christmas Night below! This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.
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82 comments:

  1. looks like an adorable book and the start of a great Christmas tradition!!

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  2. I would like to win for my 5 children.
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    Amy

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  3. If I were to win, it would be for my grand daughter. She loves books.

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  4. I would like to win this for my grand daughter.

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  5. I would love to win this for my daughters
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  6. I would love to win this for my two children, and whichever children are in my house during the Christmas season.

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  7. I would like to win this book for my 2 youngest grandchildren. They don't go to church and don't know the true meaning of Christmas. They have yet to be baptized and I don't believe their mother is teaching them about this. I think they should learn. My son gets them every other week-end and is also partly at fault. I would love to give them this book.

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  8. oh marvellous, I love Christmas books. This would be for my grandchildren, it'd be lovely to read this to them at Christmas time.

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  9. I would love to win this for my church library so many children could enjoy this book.

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  10. I want to win for my niece and nephew.

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  12. I would like to win this for my niece!

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  14. SHERRIE C.

    I would love to win this for my granddaughter. Thanks :)

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  15. I would give this to my son.

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  18. I would love to win this book for my little grandson. It would help teach him the true meaning of Christmas.

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  19. My Granddaughter, she would love this.

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  21. I would like to win this for my daughters. We love Christmas books :)

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  22. I would love to win this for my niece! I love to gift them with books more than anything!

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  23. My friend's little boy!! She would love this :D

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  24. I love Christmas books, and share them with my children and grandchildren every year. This is one I don't have, and it would add to my collection, especially those specifically on the nativity.

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  25. I would love to win this for my daughter! She would love it!

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway! I would like to win this for my two children who are 3 and 2.

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  27. I love to read to my kids and this would make a great addition to my kids library.

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  28. I would like to win this for my 7 year old son.

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  29. I would love to win this for my grandchildren, Chaselynn and Brandon

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  30. I know a little girl that would like this.

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  31. My son would love this, we love to read and I'd love to read this story to him.

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  32. I would like for my three kiddos who are 7 6 and three

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  33. I would love to win this for my unborn grandson.

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  35. Luv all these books...precious keepsakes to pass along to grand babies!

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  36. My two youngest Alexander, 5, and Emma, 4.

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  37. I would like this to read to my grandchildren. Thanks.

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  38. I would love to win this for my three sons! They would really enjoy it this time of year!

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  39. For my new nephew on his first Christmas. :)

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  40. I'd love to win to add it to our Christmas book collection!

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  41. I would love this for my two sons. We get a new Christmas book every year to read!

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  42. we don't have any Christmas books at our house yet so I would love to win this for my son.

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  43. my 2 kids would love this :) thanks for the chance

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  45. I would love to win this for my great-nieces as well as to use with my kids at church!

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  46. This would make a great gift for my children! My daughter is learning to read and loves to read about Jesus!

    Jessica Salonga

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  47. I would like to win this for my son and daughter. They both love books, and I would love to have a book to reference the real meaning of Christmas for them.

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  48. Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win this for my 3 yr old son. :)

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  49. I would love this for my son, but it would be perfect for my nephew too. I might just have to read it to both of them! They both love being read to.

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  50. I would like to win this for my great niece.

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  52. If I win, this will be for my daughters.

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  56. I have 2 little nephews that would love this book. It is just beautiful.

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  57. I have 2 little nephews that would love this beautiful book.

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  58. I would like to win this for my daughter.

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  60. I would love this for my grandchildren, they would just love it.

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  61. I'd like to win this for my three boys. :)

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  62. I would like to win it for my niece!

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  63. I would love to win this for my daughters. They would love it!

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  72. I have 2 nieces who would love this book. They love all stories about how Jesus was born. Thank you :)
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