The First Christmas Night: Review + Giveaway


Update: And the winner is…Erin W.  I have forwarded the winner’s information to the sponsor.  Thanks to everyone who entered!

I love all things Christmas – music, movies, and books.  We have a big collection of Christmas books to read with my boys, but I’m always happy to add another one to the list.  So, I was excited to review the new book, The First Christmas Night.

About The First Christmas Night book:

The First Christmas Night is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and winds though Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men.  The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich acrylic illustrations of Christine Kornacki.

Twas the very first Christmas
when all through the town
not a creature was stirring—
there was not a sound.

The moon shining bright
in the heavens so high
gave the look of midday
to the Bethlehem sky.

The animals were nestled
in warm, cozy places
with looks of contentment
on each of their faces.

About the Author
Keith Christopher is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and educator, and he has served as editor and producer for several major music publishers. In addition to writing and studio producing, Keith served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.
 About the Illustrator 

At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life. After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children’s books began to take shape, including illustrating the best-selling The Sparkle Box for Ideal’s Children’s Books. Christine’s recent work also includes illustrating the six-book series for the American Girl historical doll characters Marie-Grace and Cecile.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.

My Thoughts:

I think this is a great book to add to our Christmas collection.  It’s a cute twist to the poem, The Night Before Christmas. I also love the illustrations in this book. The people’s faces look so life-like and their expressions so real.


Ideals Publications has offered to give one (1) lucky reader a copy of The First Christmas Night book.

You must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident to win.

To Enter:

Just fill out the form below to enter – one entry per person. I am asking for shipping information only for the purpose of mailing the winner’s prize. This information will not be sold, traded, or given away.  If you are reading this via e-mail, click on the post title to be taken directly to “Cents”able Momma to enter.

You have until Tuesday (11/26) at 11:59 pm ET to enter the giveaway. Please enter only once. The winner will be chosen randomly. After the giveaway is over, I will update the winner’s information (first name and last initial) on the top of this post.

Disclosure: I received the same gift package that the winner will be receiving to facilitate my review. I did not receive any compensation to write this post. The opinions are all mine!

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