A Night of Great Joy is yet another favorite Christmas book in our house. Mary Engelbreit writes this book creatively as a story within a story. The setting takes place at a school Christmas Pageant. The story within the story is of course the birth of Jesus.
A Night of Great Joy is written simply and it does seem like you are at a school Christmas Pageant. The characters are illustrated just as if you might be at a school Christmas Pageant too. The children’s expressions and focus are fitting. Looking at all the details of the pictures really helps slow down the book and the story so there is time to take it all in.
I feel like there are many reasons to have several Christmas books about the birth of Jesus because each author conveys it in a different way. We have several and cherish every single one. This year for Christmas I am going to give gifts in the theme of books and will pick up a few more of A Night of Great Joy to give to my nieces and nephews this year.
About the Book
Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that Jesus was born.
A Night of Great Joy recalls that fateful night with wonder and awe. From the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to the gathering of many before the baby Jesus, this holiday treasure leads children through the tale of the birth of Jesus, guiding them with the star of Bethlehem.
Mary Engelbreit, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the blockbuster Christmas classic The Night Before Christmas, brings readers a new holiday picture book that’s sure to become a family favorite.
About the Contributors
Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country.
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