Recommendation: Recommended with Hesitation
Positives: I enjoyed the descriptive words and the meter of this story. The illustrations are unique and beautiful. I also loved the use of some of the names of Christ as they were creatively woven throughout the story (The Mighty King, The Bright and Morning Star, The Light of the World, Our Rescuer, The Good Shepherd to mention a few). The humanity and deity of Christ is simply shown through the carefully chosen language in the story.
Negatives: I am hesitant to recommend this book because of how the idea of creation awaiting Christ's birth is used. While we know that the whole of creation reflects the glory of God it is not biblical to say that creation was awaiting the birth of Jesus and it might confuse children.
Talking Points: I would begin by explaining that creation is a reflection of God's glory and should drive us to worship (Ps. 19:1, Ps. 8, Rom. 1:19-20). Talk about the different ways creation shows us who God is and teaches us about his character. How do we see God's love and grace and faithfulness? I would also express that while we do not know that creation awaited the arrival of Jesus on earth, we do know that creation is awaiting his return to earth (Rom. 8: 20-23). What will be different when Christ returns? (Is. 11, Is. 65:17-25). I would also use the names of Jesus given throughout the story to teach about who Jesus is. Use the Scripture passages associated with each name to talk about why these names were given to him.
The Mighty King (Is. 9:6)
The Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6)
The Bright and Morning Star (Rev. 22:16)
The Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18)
The Light of the World (John 8:12, 9:1-5)
The One Who Made Us (Col. 1:15-17)
Our Rescuer (Matt. 1:21, Acts 4:12)
Age Level: 3-7 years of age
I received a free copy of this book from Zonderkidz Publishing for this review.