The First Christmas: as Retold by Janice Green

The Synopsis:

The First Christmas, by Janice Green and illustrated by Violet Vandor, tells the account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Adults and children alike will enjoy snuggling up to share these thirteen colorful scenes and the engaging discussion questions as this timeless story unfolds. Even older readers may be surprised to learn something new as they read again of the Messiah’s birth.

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.


This is a great book! I really enjoyed flipping through the neatly illustrated pages and reading this beautiful story in a new way. Janice did not leave anything out of the story of our Savior, including Mary’s cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zachariah. There are thought provoking questions at the end of every page to help engage the young audience, therefore making it an excellent read-aloud. I also enjoyed looking over the content at the back of the book.

I can’t see any “downs” in this book other than it is not recommended to extremely young children (under 2 or 3), as it may not keep their attention.

Overall, I recommend this book to parents of youngsters or even too nursery workers at churches or parents’ day out, as the interactions would be great for a group of kids!

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Rayleigh GrayRayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.

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  1. […] Rayleigh’s Mini Review: I’ll start with a recommendation for the kiddos! I don’t think anything beats the story of the First Christmas straight out of the Bible in Luke 1 & 2, but sometimes it helps to have a storybook with pictures to tell the story to young ones. Author Janice Green does a really fantastic job of telling of Jesus’ birth in this book and the pictures are so sweet. You can read my full review here. […]

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