Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Book Review: Make & Play Nativity

Make & Play Nativity. Illustrated by Joey Chou. 2017. Candlewick Press. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Premise/plot: Make & Play Nativity is an interactive book for families with young children. It features 20 press-out pieces to create a 'make and play' nativity the whole family can enjoy together. The nativity includes: Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and a manger, three wise men, three shepherds, an angel, two sheep, one camel, one donkey, one bull, two trees. There are certainly enough pieces that everyone in the family can have a character to act out. The press-out pieces seem fairly sturdy; it feels like it's made of something sturdier and thicker than just cardstock. The first seventeen pages are the press-out pieces. (You'll definitely need a way to keep these together; there is no built in storage system.)

So what else does the book include? Suggestions for activities for the whole family.

Read the Nativity Story. The book includes a two page summary of the nativity for parents to read aloud. (Parents might also want to read from the Bible. Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:46-56; Luke 2:1-21; Luke 2:22-38; Matthew 2:1-12; Matthew 2:13-15.)

Song suggestions:

  • Away in a Manger
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • We Three Kings
  • Silent Night

Craft suggestions:

  • Christmas Star
  • Advent Calendar
  • Christmas Angel

My thoughts: I definitely like this one! I would recommend it for families. But it is not a recommendation for a Christmas gift. The point of this book is to celebrate ADVENT.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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