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My First Christmas Magnetic Adventures [Hardcover]

Tim Dowley , Helen Prole
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12 Sep 2006
With four background playscenes and the story on each spread, children are able to make up the magnetic picture to show their understanding of each part of the story. The last spread features an additional gatefold magnetic spread featuring the crib scene.

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  • Hardcover: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Candle Books (12 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185985656X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859856567
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 22.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,438,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Tim Dowley is a historian and a prolific author and editor of Bible resources for adults and children. He has also written popular biographies of J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann. He lives with his wife and three children in Dulwich, south London. Roger Langton attended the Leicester College of Art & Design. His illustrations have been used on television and in many children's books. In 2008 he was shortlisted for 'Best Children's Book' at the UKCB awards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars My First Christmas Fun is fun 2 Feb 2011
Lovely graphics with appealing characters that are not too cutesy. Suitable from 2 years through to early readers of 6 or 7. Children can place the magnets and describe the story themselves very quickly. Its great fun and children remember the story and enjoy re-telling it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Story for Kids. 26 Sep 2004
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MY FIRST STORY OF CHRISTMAS is a book geared towards younger children that tells the story of Jesus' birth. The book is written in a very simple and straitforward manner. Other than the usual vocabulary associated with Christmas (manger, shepherds, etc.) the words aren't difficult and should be understood by most children. Also, unlike many Christmas stories that have the shepherds and wise men arriving at the same time to the stable where Jesus was born, this story is more Biblically accurate as it illustrates the wise men arriving to see and worship Jesus several years after He was born. Roger Langton's illustrations that accompany the text are smooth, warm, and comforting; appealing the children's need for security. My only criticism about the book is that until the last page there is no mention why Jesus' birth was necessary; why it was so special. Other than that, this is a wonderful book telling the story of Christmas for young children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My First Story of Christmas 9 Jan 2007
By V. Sowell - Published on
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My First Story of Christmas is a sweet, easy to understand, and Biblically correct book. The illustrations are positive and child-friendly, and work well with the text. The pace of the book is also good for kids who can sometimes be unattentive with long stories.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My son's favorite Christmas book! 23 Feb 2008
By jtcornhusker - Published on
This is just the best toddler/preschooler Christmas book! I ordered it from Focus on the Family for my son in early December when he was almost 3 1/2 and we had to read it every day in December and January (and I mean EVERY day!) He would run to get it when he woke up in the morning and ask me to read it while he put the characters on the pages. I debated getting it because the title makes it sound like it's for a baby but it was perfect for him. I would say any 2-4 or even 5 year old would love it. It has held up well and still looks like new, although we have a rule about treating books respectfully at our house. We did use it a lot though and it doesn't show any wear at all. There aren't many pages (maybe 8-10) but it covers the true Christmas story very well. It starts when the angel Gabriel visits Mary, and includes Joseph and Mary getting married, the journey to Bethleham, the visit to the inn, the shepards being visited by angels, the wisemen following the star, and a double page for the scene at the manger. There are lots of cute characters, both animals and people. The only thing I would suggest is adding an angel magnet. There is one magnet that we can't figure out. Is it an angel, the innkeeper, or something else? We use it interchangably and my son doesn't seem to mind. He did ask once where the angel was but we decided to use the "mystery" piece and that was fine with him:) I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to teach their children the true meaning of Christmas in an interactive way. We even prefer it to the Little People Nativity Playset (although that's a great product too). Our other favorite Christmas books that tell the story of Jesus' birth are "God Gave Us Christmas" by Bergren and "Mary's First Christmas" by Wangerin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 12 Feb 2009
By L.B. Quick - Published on
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I ordered this book to read to the children at our "Happy Birthday Jesus" party. It was perfect. The illustrations are beautiful and I like the way they follow the actual bibical story. I will use it for many years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great job telling the story 14 Dec 2010
By TMac - Published on
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GREAT job telling the story and facts of the birth of Jesus. I especially liked that it provided some of the facts of geography (references to Judea)of characters like King Herod (without all the gory consequences) the names of the angel (Gabriel) etc. I read it multiple times to our almost 3 year old and he can now repeat most of the story on his own. I will say that it is probably geared more for the 4 year old and up crowd, due to its length and it is NOT a board book.

Great illustrations and a biblically correct version. I don't teach Sunday school, but could easily imagine this to be a tool to teach the story.
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