A Rare Nativity


Title of Book: A Rare Nativity

Time length to read: 2-4 minutes

Age recommended: 8 and up

Author: Sam Beeson

Photographers: Nina & Terral Cochran

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

Best place to purchase: Amazon, Deseret Book (Click word for direct link)

Price: Amazon: $16.19 (hardcover) Deseret Book: $14.39 (hardcover)

Hello everyone!

Can you believe it’s already just about Christmas time again? It is crazy how the time just flies by! Since it “tis the season” I bring you a Christmas that has just recently been released. A Rare Nativity, by Sam Beeson, gives a little bit of a different version of the 12 day of christmas classic tale.

I must say, when I first started reading the book, it took me back a little. On each page at the beginning, it lists what someone is giving to their enemy on the 12 days of Christmas. They were things like broken eggs, two potatoes, crooked forks, etc. At first I was thinking “what kind of Christmas book is this?” However, I must say that after listing the “12 things” this person gave their enemy, the book took me back again. Towards the end, after this person sent all these horrible little things to their enemy, they get a package back from their enemy, only to find a note that says “forgive me.”  Inclosed are all the items the person had sent to them. The enemy had used these gifts to turn them into beautiful little things, that in the end, came out to be a manger. It sounds interesting, but trust me, it was actually quite beautiful.

So while I was first taken back by this book, it has a beautiful message to the readers. It teaches of forgiveness and not to hold grudges. We all have that “enemy” at one point or another, but this book shows that although the enemy received those broken and un-useful things, they turned it into something beautiful as a sincere apology. How important this message is to everyone, especially around the holidays. The pictures throughout the book were also different from what you’d usually see in illustrations. It was a bunch of professional pictures taken by Nina & Terral Cochran. The images really bring the story and message into perspective, and although it’s different, it’s different in a good way.

So if you are looking for a good new Christmas book that has a great message that goes along with it, check this book out. It may become that book you read to your kids every year when it’s Christmas time.




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The Easter Egg

Hello Everyone! Sorry for the silence on the blog here. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about it, I have just been more busy than I usually have been lately. I work full-time as well as writing on this blog, so I apologize if it seems like I have disappeared. However, now that I am not as busy as I have been, I will continue to bring you all more great recommendations to great picture books. Since Easter is just around the corner, I have decided to share a very cute Easter book with you all. I hope you all enjoy! Come back and visit the blog soon, for I have a whole bunch more books to share with you all. :)


The Easter EggTitle of Book: The Easter Egg

Time length to read: 5-7 min

Age recommend: 3 and up

Author/Illustrator: Jan Brett

Published by: Putnam Juvenile

Best place to purchase: Amazon Website

Price: $11.00 (Hardcover edition)

Have you ever wondered how the Easter bunny gets all those Easter eggs hidden everywhere for all the children to find? Well, in this book, it shows you that he has a little bit of help. The Easter Egg, by Jan Brett, is about a little rabbit named Hoppi. Hoppi is excited because it is the annual Easter egg contest. Every rabbit tries to create the best Easter egg there is. The winner of the best Easter egg gets to help The Easter Bunny go and hide his eggs everywhere for Easter. As Hoppi is in search of ideas to make a great egg, he runs into several different rabbits who have created very good Easter eggs. They all give him ideas and advice on creating the perfect egg, but for some reason, he just isn’t finding the right idea for him. On his way to find ideas for his easter egg, he comes across a mama robin who is frantic because one of her eggs fell from her nest. Hoppi immediately helps the mama robin by assuring her that he will protect and keep the egg warm down there, so she can tend to her other eggs in the nest. So while everyone else is working on their Easter eggs for the contest, Hoppi sits and continues to keep the egg warm. When the time finally comes for the contest judging, The Easter Bunny looks around and sees many beautiful eggs. However, he tells everyone there is a very special egg that is ‘special egg’ that isn’t present. He goes and finds Hoppi keeping the egg warm, and tells everyone that Hoppi’s egg is the ‘special egg’ for Easter. Since Hoppi sacrificed his time and effort to help mama robin to keep her egg warm, Hoppi gets the great honor of going to hide the Easter eggs with The Easter Bunny. It looks like his good deed paid off more than just one way.

This book is a great book not only for the Easter holiday, but it shows children that sometimes when you help others in service, it can pay off. It tells readers that sometimes its the thought that matters.

The beautiful illustrations, also done by Jan Brett, are colorfully detailed and capture every aspect of each page in the book. She has also gone and drawn beautiful borders throughout the story that not only add detail, but they give hints to the readers of things in the story to come. Kirkus reviews says “Bordered in pussy-willow twigs (which sport their own surprise), each spread offers the illustrator’s patented triptych construction, with panels detailing other bunnies’ activities flanking an elaborate tableau. Luscious.”

So if you are looking for a great Easter read for you or your kids, I would hop on over to your library, bookstore, or amazon.com to check it out. It’s one that will be an annual Easter favorite.




Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Turkey Pox

Time length to read: 4-5 min

Age recommend: 4 and up

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Illustrator: Dorothy Donahue

Published by: Albert Whitman & Company

Best place to purchase: Barnes & Noble Website

Price:  $30.00 (Price higher because book is out of print)

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner here in the United States, I have decided to share a Thanksgiving book with you all. The book is called Turkey Pox by Laurie Halse Anderson. In this book, a young girl named Charity could not be more excited to go see her Nana for Thanksgiving with her entire family. She even waits patiently for her whole family to finish getting ready, while she is all ready to go. On the way to her Nana’s however, they discover Charity has the chicken pox. With that, the whole family turns the car around and goes back home since Charity is sick. Charity is really bummed that because of her chicken pox, she won’t be able to see her Nana or have the traditional Thanksgiving like she was hoping for. Just when the day seems ruined, they hear a car pull up. It’s Nana with the Turkey and gravy. Looks like if she couldn’t come to Thanksgiving, then Thanksgiving would come to her! Her Nana continues to tell Charity that she doesn’t have the chicken pox, but the turkey pox. Confused by what her Nana said, her Nana tells her to look under the cover of the pan where the turkey is. Sure enough, the turkey is covered with little cherries all over it. The turkey pox!

This is such a great book for anyone who loves Thanksgiving and getting together with their family on that day. It shows children that just when a holiday can seem ruined for whatever reason, it can take a turn around and become a great holiday! It even has a great ending when Charity’s Nana makes her feel better by showing the cherries “turkey pox” on the turkey to make Charity feel better. The illustrations done by, Dorothy Donahue, are creative and colorful. They express the story through the expressions of the characters, as well as the setting. Gabriele Kupitz from Children’s book and Play Review says “This is a feel good book for all families who wrestle with illness and disappointement on important family holidays. The vibrant watercolor and colored pencil illustrations illuminate the sparse, but wonderfully descriptive text.”

So, looking for a great Thanksgiving holiday read for your child? I would highly recommend this book. It could become a book that you’ll want to read your child when Thanksgiving comes around.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”