6.11.16

A Night of Great Joy- Children’s Book Review & Giveaway

Photo: Make it A Night of Great Joy

Christmas is less than seven weeks away. Can you believe it?
Before the little ones become enraptured with twinkling lights and toy displays, snuggle them in for a story. The picture book, A Night of Great Joy, written and illustrated by Mary Engelbreit, would be a delightful choice. Allow me to share with you a little about the book, and how you can possibly win it.

This beautifully illustrated book is sure to captivate young children's attention. Engelbreit chose to tell the nativity story through a children’s Christmas pageant.  Children of all ethnicities, clad in colorful costumes, tell the story of Christ’s birth, on a stage using handmade props.
The story unfolds with one to three free verse sentences per page. The message is sweet and simple.
The illustrations are precious. Two children tug over a stuffed lamb. Another child seemingly wants to draw attention to herself. And one is an eager participant in the beginning, but later loses interest.
How fitting for Christmas to illustrate our sinful nature and our need for Christ.
Who wants to win this book?
All you have to do to get your name in the drawing is share something you’ve done, or plan to do, to help children focus on the Reason for the season.
I’ll announce the winner of the book on Saturday, Nov. 12. Leave a comment and get your name in the drawing!
**(Make sure you visit the blog on Veterans Day! I have a wonderful guest blogging for me that day and she has an AWESOME giveaway planned.) 

*MELINDA ROBERTS- You're the winner! Please contact me by Nov. 26 with directions for where I need to mail your book. Congratulations!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



14 comments:

  1. I would love to do a Christmas Hymn study this year! We have enjoyed doing an Advent activity calendar and special Christmas scripture writing, in the past.

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    1. Oh, Rebecca, the Christmas hymn study sounds awesome. I'd love to hear more about that. Perhaps you'd be interested in guest posting about that? :)

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  2. We do three gifts for each child and read the story of the birth of jesus

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    1. Melinda, that sounds like a wonderful Christmas. I'm curious. How old are your children?

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    2. Just saw this I have a 9,7and 2year old

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    3. I'm so glad you came back to comment, Melinda. I've been trying to reach you. You won the book! Please use the contact page and send me directions on where to mail your book. Congratulations!

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  3. A new friend through Tarheel Jr Historian and a chance to win a book! What homeschooler doesn't love that?

    We do a few things each year for advent, the Jesse Tree, reading of one of Arnold Ytreeide's books, this year it will be Ishtar's Odyssey, and we try to remember to read The Sparkle Box and participate in that.

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    1. Hi, Tricia! I'm glad you stopped by and shared with us! I'll have to check out some of these books. I googled them and they look interesting. I don't know how the Sparkle Box got by me! I'd never heard of it. Google educated me on that one, too. I'll definitely have to check that one out. What a wonderful idea.

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  4. Sounds like a great book. Sure my little ones would enjoy it.

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    1. Hi, Jennifer. I'm sure they would like the book!

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  5. We always read about the birth of Jesus from the Bible. The kids have enjoyed the The Little People Nativity set every year, no matter how old they get;) This year will be our first without Santa, so I'm excited to keep it simple and focused on Jesus!

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  6. We read Luke 2 on Christmas morning as well. You know what? I bought a Little People Nativity set last year at an after-Christmas sale. It's in my closet for my future grandchildren. :) It sounds like you have a joyful Christmas ahead!

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  7. Thus book sounds sweet! Last year I made an Advent calendar to go with coloring pages that go along with stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible (http://runningwithspears.com/diy-super-simple-christ-centered-advent-calendar/).

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    1. Christian advent calendars are a great way to prepare little ones for Christmas. I didn't know there was one that accompanied the Jesus Storybook Bible. I'll have to check into that. Thanks so much for sharing, Heather!

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