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The King's Christmas List

The King's Christmas List

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The King's Christmas List

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3.5/5 (3 évaluations)
Longueur:
38 pages
43 minutes
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Sortie:
Oct 4, 2010
ISBN:
9781418562540
Format:
Livre

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Emma couldn’t wait to go to the King’s birthday party, but what should she bring?

Emma couldn’t wait to go to the King’s birthday party, but what should she bring?

Emma and her little dog Shu-Shu were thrilled to be invited to the King’s birthday party. But what do you get a King for his birthday? Emma and Shu-Shu have no gift, but they bring the Christmas cake they made with Mom and put on their Sunday best as they dash to the King’s carriage.  And of course, Emma couldn’t go anywhere without her beloved Cherry-Bear.  On the way, they have encounters that lead them to bestow their cake, winter-cape, and even Cherry-Bear, on others. Now they’re chilly, rumpled, and empty-handed—what will the King think? Emma frets, but when they finally meet the King at his palace, they discover they gave the King exactly what he wanted.

Children and parents will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, and that the greatest gifts we can offer to the Savior are gifts to the least of his brothers and sisters (based on Matthew 25:40). Families will be able to go online and be directed to notable charities to give their own gift to the King.

Children and parents will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas, and that the greatest gifts we can offer to the Savior are gifts to the least of his brothers and sisters (based on Matthew 25:40). Families will be able to go online and be directed to notable charities to give their own gift to the King.

Éditeur:
Sortie:
Oct 4, 2010
ISBN:
9781418562540
Format:
Livre

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The King's Christmas List - Eldon Johnson

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  • (3/5)
    The King's Christmas List is a beautifully illustrated picture book by Eldon Johnson and illustrated by Bonnie Leick. The target audience is 4 - 8 year olds, however 4 - 6 year olds may need to have an adult read the book to them. The vocabulary is not too challenging but the story does contain longer words like "honorable" and "celebrate" that some younger readers might stumble over. The story itself is a sweet one of imagination and charity in the spirit of Christmas and based on the Bible verse Matthew 25:40. The main character, Emma, is a young girl of an undetermined age which should be appealing to many younger readers since it can be implied that she is the same age as them, and therefore, just like them. And who doesn't enjoy reading stories about kids like themselves? It makes the story easier to relate to and easier for children to be invested in. The King's Christmas List would make a lovely Thanksgiving gift because if you're going to read this it's probably best to read it before Christmas so that children can grasp the full meaning of the story which is that Christmas is about giving to others in need and not receiving gifts. Although the book would make a nice Christmas present as well it might not have the same re-read value after the holidays have already passed. Johnson's book would make a wonderful addition to a Christian family's library or to a church book collection. The book's religious overtone is not obvious at the beginning of the story but by the end of the book it's clear that The King is Jesus and, therefore, if you are opposed to overly religious stories this book might be one to pass on although its message of giving to those in need has universal appeal. (I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Booksneeze.)
  • (3/5)
    The King's Christmas List by Eldon Johnson and Illustrated by Bonnie LeickAs you open the book the drawing looks like a pretty fantasy land to me. The illustrations help tell the story and are well done. Emma receives an invitation to the King's birthday party that has come through her glowing mailbox. She brings a Christmas cake she has made with her mother as a gift to the King. Emma and her dog, Shu-Shu, ride in a carriage sent by the King. Along the way Emma and Shu-Shu meet people in need and she gives them gifts that relates to their needs. The story does send a message about giving and sharing and it helps the child to understand this practice, but I find parts of the books would be hard for a very young child to understand. There is a verse from Matthew 25:37-40 about the message of helping others.My problems with the book is Jesus is supposed to be the King; this King looks like a Black Man, he is on a throne with a crown and lives in a castle. Perhaps, I am thinking too much in the box and am not expanding my imagination.The "advertising" at the end of the book also bothered me because this book is for a very young child and I am not sure they understand this message. I would have preferred using an idea like the Marines who have Toys for Tots and the child could then buy a gift, with their money, and take it to a place where the Marines collect the toys. This is something the child could see and understand. I received this complimentary book from Tommy Nelson, a division of Thomas Nelson Publishers to read and review. The opinions are my own.
  • (5/5)
    This is a sweet story with a simple message written for the whole world to know of.It's about giving to others, like one act of kindness or paying it forward, especially at Christmas when the emphasis is on materialism with kids echoing to one another, "What did you get for Christmas?"This beautiful picture book with stunning illustrations by Bonnie Leick show the main character, Emma wearing a red dress and a red bow in her hair, along with her wee gentle dog Shu Shu against a white, snowy background.The book, well written by Eldon Johnson, begins with the two of them playing in Emma's playhouse that her Daddy built. I can remember when my husband built a playhouse for our little one and such wonderful, magical events took place inside.Emma finds herself in The King's Kingdom when she opens the door to her playhouse. Why even the mailbox is glowing and inside she finds an invitation to the King's birthday party.Soon a beautiful horse drawn carriage arrives for Lady Emma and her gentle dog Shu Shu to take them to "His Royal Christmas Celebration". Along the way, Emma meets people who are in need. She stops to offer them what she has with her and continues her journey to the King’s party. When Emma arrives at the party she sees that no one is giving a gift to the King and Emma doesn’t have a gift to give to the King either. She later finds out that her giving to the people she meets on her way to the party is the best present she could give to the King. If you were invited to a King's birthday party, what would you bring him? Many would say, "their heart."Ideas for your gift giving this year can be found at the back of the book. Begin your journey here.I love this beautiful children's book! Excellent for gift giving and an added blessing for home and Sunday School libraries.