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|Mary's First Christmas, by Walter Wangerin, Jr.|
|Waiting for Noel: An Advent Story, by Ann Dixon & Mark Graham (illustrator)
Great for children having difficulty with the wait for Christmas, and especially for children whose birthdays are near Christmas -- such as one of my sons.
|Carol of the Brown King: Nativity Poems, by Langston Hughes & Ashley Bryan (illustrator)|
|I Love Christmas, by Gretchen Wolff Pritchard with Margaret Pritchard
The true story of a little girl's enjoyment of her family's and parish's preparations for Christmas, including the Christmas pageant. Wonderful candid photography.
|The Animals' Christmas Carol, by Helen Ward
Based on a medieval French carol.
|Carlos, Light the Farolito, by Jean Ciavonne & Donna Clair (illustrator)|
|Hurray for Three Kings' Day!, by Lori Marie Carlson & Ed Martinez (illustrator)|
|The Glorious Impossible, by Madeleine L'Engle
Beautiful Renaissance frescoes by Giotto are a wonderful accompaniment to Madeleine L'Engle's retelling of the life of Christ.
|Books by Tomie de Paola are a delightful combination of art with a pre-modern feel and the simplest telling of the stories. The result is books that allow you to enjoy the essence of each story. There are subtle details to be found in the pictures. Great for all ages.|
|The Night of Las Posadas, by Tomie de Paola
Las Posadas is the reenacting of the Holy Family's journey to find a place to stay in Bethelehem, traditional in Hispanic-American communities in the days before Christmas Eve.
Mary: The Mother of Jesus, by Tomie de Paola
|The Lady of Guadalupe, by Tomie de Paola|
|Jingle, the Christmas Clown, by Tomie de Paola
A child clown in early 20th-century Italy spend Christmas Eve with the baby circus animals in a poor village and decides to give the villagers the gift of a circus show. Both he and the villagers are blessed. I always cry at the ending!
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