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The Story of Jesus

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Title: The Story of Jesus

Author: Award Publications

Publisher: Award Publications

Number of pages: 21

Type of Book: Christian; Christmas; See and Say Story Book

Age: 0 – 4

Buy it here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/the-story-of-jesus/ ;   

https://www.amazon.com/Story-Jesus-Bible-Stories-Along/dp/1841357448/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481709578&sr=1-2&keywords=award+publications+read+along+with+me

Price: N550; $4:98

MY SUMMARY

In this book, little ones learn about the origin of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. They meet Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, the shepherds and the three wise men. They also catch a glimpse of the later life of Jesus through the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Ultimately, they learn how Jesus came to the world to die that all of us may be saved.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book is one of the titles in the Bible Stories Category of the Read Along with Me Series, a series devoted to introducing toddlers to the joy of reading using picture words. Picture words are little pictures of characters and other things in the book, used in place of words and scattered between the words in the book. How this works: In the course of reading, you pause and point at the words, so that your toddler can ‘see’ the picture and ‘say’ the word. The series has different categories (Classics, Bible Stories, Nursery Rhymes) with at least five titles each.

This is a lovely Christmas present for a baby/toddler/little munchkin because he/she gets to read along while learning about the birth and love of Jesus. They’re quite reasonably priced too! Other books in the Bible Stories category of this series include Noah and the Ark, Moses and the Bulrushes, Stories Jesus Told.

DOWN: Two thirds of the book focused on the birth of Jesus and a very small third was dedicated to the rest of his life. Therefore, the last few pages seemed a bit (for want of a better word) ‘weak’ as the writer tried unsuccessfully to cram the rest of Jesus’ life into 6 pages. I imagine the book would have been much better if it had been left simply as the birth story of Jesus Christ. It was a good book all the same.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. A picture word guide/glossary is included in the inside back cover of the book.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

Play Christmas carols that tell the birth story: 

  1. “Mary’s Boy Child”:
  2. Once in Royal David’s City” :

CHALLENGE: The Story of Jesus

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Colour only baby Jesus. (2 – 3 year olds)

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  1. Draw baby Jesus and his gifts. (4 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 4 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, December 14th 2016.

Next Book of the Week:

NO DON’T TOUCH ME THERE by Nomthi Odukoya

 

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A Christmas Carol

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Title:  A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: Usborne Young Reading             

Number of pages: 64          

Type of Book: Fiction, Classic

Age: 8-12

Available here: http://product.chelisbookazine.com/product/a-christmas-carol-young-reading-series-2/; https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-collins-big-cat-christmas-carol-band-10white-2035003.html ; http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Carol-Barnes-Collectible-Editions/dp/1435149106/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1451051444&sr=1-1 ; read the original/unabridged version for free here: http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Dickens/Carol/Dickens_Carol.pdf

Price: N580; N2,028; $7.18

SUMMARY:

Scrooge was a cold-hearted penny-pinching miser who hated Christmas. He hated Christmas for many reasons, some legitimate, some not. He hated Christmas because as a child, he was left alone in boarding school during the holiday; as a young adult, his girlfriend dumped him during the Christmas season; and as an adult, his colleague died on Christmas Eve.

But he also hated Christmas for some unemotional reasons; he thought it was an expensive holiday and people did not work! When asked to donate money to a charity to feed hungry children during the season, he asked if there were no more prisons and workhouses to take care of these children. In summary, Scrooge was a bitter, selfish and mean man who was obsessed with wealth and had no love for his neighbors.

However, one christmas, everything changed. Scrooge was visited by four ghosts who tried to transform him into a kind, generous and sensitive human being using visions of his past, present and future.

Read the book to find out how the ghosts tried to change Ebenezer Scrooge and whether or not they succeeded.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Dickens’ amazing use of dry humor to entertain! However the major highlight of the book is that it tries to spread the spirit of Christmas, a spirit of giving, loving and service to mankind. Dickens’ emphasizes the importance of building and sustaining good human relations not just during the yuletide but all year through. In the words of Bing Crosby,

“The secret of Christmas is not the things you do, at Christmas time. But the Christmas things you do all year through”

DOWN: The original/unabridged version may not be an easy read for children but the abridged version does not capture the true essence of the book.

RATING

5 stars: A must read for bookworms and their parents!!

TRIVIA

  1. Who was Marley? Scrooge’s deceased colleague
  2. What did Marley’s Ghost warn Scrooge about? Marley’s Ghost warned Scrooge about this being his last chance to not die like Marley did.
  3. How many ghosts visited Mr. Scrooge? 4: Marley’s Ghost, The Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
  4. Why was Scrooge really scared of The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come? The Ghost was covered from head to toe in a deep black cloak except for one hand. Scrooge could not even see his face. The Ghost’s silence through out their time together made him even scarier. It also showed Scrooge many visions of the misery in his future.
  5. Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shriveled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him. ( a cold-hearted miser who did not care for human beings ) Who does this paragraph describe? Scrooge
  6. Who were the children under the robes of the Ghost of Christmas Present? They symbolized man’s state of Want/poverty and man’s Ignorance of the plight of people living in a state of want/poverty.  

Listen/Read the book here:

Read the book here: http://www.ibiblio.org/ebooks/Dickens/Carol/Dickens_Carol.pdf

CHALLENGE: A Christmas Carol

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. What does Christmas mean to me? Write a 400-word essay

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first 2 correct entres will be announced on this page and will each win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Monday, December 28th 2015.

Next Book of the Week

IT’S DISGUSTING AND WE ATE IT by James Solheim

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How the Grinch stole Christmas

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Title: How the Grinch stole Christmas

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 64

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic

Age: 0 – 8

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Grinch-Stole-Christmas-Classic-Seuss/dp/0394800796/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=512PxXsTebL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR112%2C160_&refRID=0GN84K1FXH8CK1PYFRPZ ; Buy the Audio CD (contains 11 stories by Dr. Seuss) here https://www.jumia.com.ng/jumia-books-the-cat-in-the-hat-and-other-dr.-seuss-favorites-14699.html ; Borrow the book from ZODML here: http://zodml.org/eachbook.php?id=36102 ;

Read the book online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKUumRRfm-0

Price: $8.48; N4,890

MY SUMMARY

‘I MUST find a way to stop Christmas from coming!’ the Grinch thought as he imagined all the things that would happen on Christmas day, a day he absolutely hated. On Christmas morning, he knew the kids in Whoville would wake up to unwrap their presents. He just knew that they’d make a lot of noise noise noise! Then the adults would feast and feast and feast on roast beef and all the Whos in Whoville, young and old, would hold hands and sing and make even more noise. Thoughts of Christmas day haunted the Grinch. O! how he hated Christmas season! Then he came up with the most ‘wonderful awful’ idea to stop Christmas from coming. He decided to steal Christmas! Read the book to find out why the Grinch hated Christmas so much and how he tried to steal Christmas.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The major highlight: In classic Dr. Seuss style, the entire book – all 64 scrumptious pages – is written in rhyme! To say that Seuss has a way with words is a gross understatement! One of my favourite lines:

‘He slithered and slunk with a smile most unpleasant

Around the whole room, he took every present’

The book is further enriched with vibrant illustrations in only three colours: black, white and tomato red. A very unusual yet very quaint mix. Another highlight is the fact that this book can be read to toddlers, while independent readers (6-8 year olds) can read it on their own.

I chose this book for Christmas because Seuss tries to show children through the story of the Grinch that Christmas is more than just a season for food and presents. It’s a good book to introduce to the little ones because sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of preparing for the holiday, we forget what Christmas is really all about. At the end of this book, the Grinch found the people of Whoville singing on top of their voices on Christmas Day in spite of the fact that he had ‘stolen’ Christmas. Then he realized that:

‘Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from the store

Maybe Christmas means a little bit more’

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars: (I wish I could give it 10 stars)

TRIVIA 

  1. Ask your child why the Grinch hated Christmas. Then ask him what happened when he realized Christmas meant more than just presents and food.

a. Most likely reason because his heart was 2 sizes too small.

b. His small heart grew 3 sizes and he returned all the presents and all the food.

  1. Ask your child how the Grinch tried to steal Christmas.

By stealing: a. all the Christmas presents and b. all the food for the feast.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Watch a video of the Grinch song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRhCbCISs44
  1. Team the reading experience with a read-aloud video here:

 

CHALLENGE: How the Grinch stole Christmas

CREATE (WRITE OR DRAW)

  1. List 8 presents stolen by the Grinch in the book (4 – 5 year olds)

                     OR

  1. Answer the following question in 50 words or more: What does Christmas mean to me?

(6 – 8 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of the audio book containing 11 Dr. Seuss classics.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, December 30th 2015

Next Book of the Week:

CLEVER SQUIRREL AND THE WEDDING COMPETITION by Yusuf .M. Adamu

 

“Christmas will always be, as long as we stand heart to heart and hand to hand”  

 Dr. Seuss