In simple rhyming words, Julie Stiegemeyer expertly recreates the sights and sounds of the first Christmas and at the same time, emphasizes the two natures of Christ -- His abject humility in his simple birth and His ultimate divinity as our King and Saviour. With each verse, Jesus' perfect life and death on our behalf is communicated: "Jesus, born for us."
Most of this telling takes place in the humble stall -- the paradoxical setting for the birth of the King of kings and the Lord of lords:
Frankincense hangs in the air.
Stars are twinkling everywhere.
A child is born beyond compare -
Jesus, born for us.
Jesus has no kingly hall.
Jesus has no fortress tall.
Home becomes a cattle stall
for Jesus, born for us.
So sequined stars become a crown,
night, a robe to wrap around;
God's own Son to earth came down.
He's Jesus, born for us."
This book predictably recounts the events of that first Christmas, but it includes the flight to Egypt as well. It also alludes to the crucifixion. Melissa Iwai's illustrations are perfect for the 3-7 age group. Her brightly colored images have less detail than those for older children, but still capture the drama and reality of the events on that dark night in Bethlehem, when Christ, the Light of the World, was born.
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