25 Stories of Advent--December 7

Joseph was upset by Mary's news. 
"Mary's baby isn't my baby," he said."Perhaps I shouldn't marry her."

Tonight we'll be reading  The First Christmas by Sophie Piper (Lion Children's, 2006). I like this little storybook because it gives Joseph a voice and a significant role in the journey to Bethlehem. In fact, it's Joseph's voice we hear most throughout the story.  Unlike many of the simpler picture books, it also includes details about Herod's message to the wise men, and the family's departure from Bethlehem. If, like me, you're trying to build a library of storybooks that highlights all the various people involved in the nativity story, this book is a great addition.

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