The First Christmas: Paint Box Book
Golden Books, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke
offers a story and paint book all-in-one, in this soft-cover edition of
The First Christmas
, aimed at children three-years old and up. Eight colors, a tray, and a paint brush are attached to the cover of the book, which features a color picture of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.
he birth of Jesus is
with simple text lines above black-outlined images. It begins, '
In the town of Nazareth lived a woman named Mary
', followed by the angel's visit to Mary and Joseph, and the trip to the stable in Bethlehem. The last page appropriately ends with '
This is the story of the first and greatest Christmas.
gives a child the chance to be creative in painting colors for the images to wear. The book includes
, and instructions for the washable paint. I recommend that the young painter be guided by an older child or adult, and that the paint mixing and application be done on a covered surface.
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