The Christmas Surprise

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An engaging retelling of the Christmas story for toddlers.

Part of the Little Me, Big God series.

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Description

This simple and biblically-faithful little book will teach toddlers all about the first Christmas. Fun illustrations will engage young children as they listen to God’s word.

Notes at the back unpack the Bible story.

Written and illustrated by Steph Williams, writer, designer, illustrator, and mum.

Part of the Little Me, Big God series of storybooks for pre-schoolers. These books are ideal to give away at church toddler groups and for use in children's ministry. This book for Christmas is also a great stocking stuffer.

The following free downloads are included with your purchase:
• Activity Pack
• PDF images
• PowerPoint slides

Product details

Contents

  • Story
  • Notes for Parents

Free extras

Specification

Age range: 2 - 4
Contributors Steph Williams
ISBN 9781784987794
Format Paperback
First published October 2022
Dimensions 6.7" x 6.7" x 0.1"
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 24
Publisher The Good Book Company
Customer reviews


01/11/2022

“A Great Way to Teach Young Ones the Real Reason for Christmas”

The message of the story is made very clear, and it is easy to understand. The world is broken by people saying no to God and to fix it God promised to send us a King.

I love the note for grown-ups at the end of the book. It explains further our sin problem and how we can be with God forever. Very well done.

The Bible passage is also printed so that readers can see for themselves the Scripture that The Christmas Surprise was based on.

I would highly recommend this book to any family with little children, church nursery, or young preschool Sunday school classroom.

A big thank you to The Good Book Company for this complimentary product to review.


27/10/2022

“Simple Introduction”

This small paperback book tells the Christmas story for toddlers. Steph Williams writes in simple, child-friendly terms, and her dynamic, exuberant illustrations will appeal to little ones, especially since she overstates surprise and emotion in fun ways. The book starts with the reality of sin and God making a promise to send someone who would fix things forever. Then it moves through the angel's announcement to Mary and other moments from the Christmas story, highlighting at every point how surprising it was that God fulfilled His promise in the way that He did.

The Christmas Surprise shows that Jesus didn't come as a fully-grown, strong king, but as a little baby who was born in a stable instead of a palace. He didn't come for other people to serve him, but to care for others. I particularly like the touch at the end about how he came for people nearby, like the shepherds, and for people from far away, like the wise men. The book concludes by saying that Jesus came for everyone, including you. There is also an author's note at the end for parents, and Luke 1:26-35 appears on the last page.

Although this book emphasizes God's redemptive plan, it does not address the divinity of Christ. The paraphrased dialogue between the angel and Mary says that this wouldn't be an "ordinary baby, but someone who comes from God!" However, the book doesn't explicitly state that Jesus is God, not just a king or a gift from God. Since this is aimed towards toddlers, many parents will be okay with the very simplified approach, since they're just trying to introduce their child to the general, most basic concepts of the Christmas story. However, someone who feels strongly about always introducing Jesus as God incarnate will want to know that this book doesn't cover that theological concept.

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


27/10/2022

“A Lovely Book”

This is such a lovely book for young children, telling the Christmas story in a clear and fun way.

It has lots of humour and is a real opportunity for the adult reader to perform some funny voices, which will create many special memories.

The illustrations are colourful and fun and overall make this a great way to present the nativity story to a young audience and excite them with all the surprises that it contains.


10/10/2022

“Surprised by Jesus (birth)”

What I like about this book is that it didn't quickly dive into the birth of Jesus. Rather it starts with a brief look on the "promise" made by God in the Garden of Eden and Israel. It revolves around people being surprised by Christ coming. The ending would be a good springboard to explain the gospel message to kids. The art is nice, it goes along with the story and appeals for the young reader. But the scene with the angel telling Mary about having a baby is a bit exaggerated. Still a good read for you and your kids.

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