With all of the fun holidays coming up, we have been taking a look at some pretty awesome books that celebrate this time of year. Last week, I shared a cute book that offers the kiddos a little counting enjoyment while we welcome in the autumn season (Be sure to head on over here to enter to win a copy).
Fall and Thanksgiving books aren't the only ones we've been checking out. Christmas is right around the corner. In the next coming weeks, I'll be sharing a round up of this year's favorite Christmas reads in our home. Until then, I wanted to share our first new Christmas book of the year, Itsy Bitsy Christmas.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When two small mice, Itsy and Bitsy, find out that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they are so excited! They search high and low for him, but cannot find him anywhere. Just when they begin to believe that they really aren't important enough for a King to visit, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone, no matter how big or small.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.
This is a really adorable story about a mouse brother (Itsy) and younger sister (Bitsy) who become baffled with all of the commotion in their little town of Bethlehem. A donkey then tells them that a king is coming. The mice are excited to tell the rest of their stable friends, but nobody seems to believe them, so they take it upon themselves to search for the king. When they don't find Him, they soon get discouraged thinking they are just too minuscule to be graced by a king's presence. Things soon change as they learn that Christ is the king, and He has come for everyone no matter their size.
Itsy Bitsy Christmas is a very endearing tale that's been a delight to read to my son. It's a beautiful board book with special finishing touches like gold glitter embellishments on the cover and precious illustrations done by Bruno Merz. I was a bit surprised to see that it does have a lot of small text on each page. It is a much longer read than a typical toddler board book. In fact, it reminded me more of a picture storybook that parents can sit with their children to read, and that's just what we did.
Despite the length of the story, my son enjoyed it immensely, especially since it contained a lot of adorable animal illustrations. He also likes that I make a high pitched squeaky voice whenever I read the lines where Itsy and Bitsy speak (it's just a fun thing that I do with some of his books). Max Lucado is a wonderful author and I appreciate this special tale that he's written for kids. Even though the story revolves around animals, I definitely saw a parallel where the mice may have represented children, offering a special message that Jesus is always there, caring for His little ones.
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