Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Itsy and Bitsy in Bethlehem and a Giveaway!
Max Lucado has an amazing way of relating to children through bugs (like Hermie) and animals. For young children his imaginative approach can really bring the Bible and Biblical ideals to life. My kids have loved Hermie and his friends for a long time. Now they've been introduced to Itsy Bitsy Christmas.
Itsy and Bitsy are 2 little mice that Lucado and illustrator Bruno Merz use to bring the story of the birth of Jesus to life. Itsy and Bitsy are joined by many other animals in this whimsical retelling of that miraculous story. From the perspective of the animals we see what that night in Bethlehem may have been like. The story is easy to read (Speedy had no trouble reading it aloud) and the illustrations are enthralling. To see the some of this book check out this flipbook. Use your left and right arrows to scan through part of the book.
I expect this will be a favorite for children at Christmas for a long time to come. This is a great book to read aloud to your children or for your readers to explore on their own. The story is told simply with a fun twist as the animals of Bethlehem interact and spread the word about the King. This is another great starting place for discussing the real meaning of Christmas with your children.
Other ideas for sharing the birth of Jesus with your kids include:
*reading Luke 2 with your family
*doing a Jesse tree with your kids
*doing an Advent activity with your kids like lighting the Advent candles, doing an Advent devo, etc.
*having a Happy Birthday Jesus party complete with cake and gifts (an Operation Christmas Child box would be a great gift for Jesus)
*volunteering at a soup kitchen or toy drive
*donating gently used toys to a local charity
*attending a live Nativity or setting up a Nativity scene with your Christmas decor
Those are just a few ideas. I'm sure you all have some to share! Tommy Nelson will provide one reader with a copy of Itsy Bitsy Christmas. To enter to win leave a comment on the blog with your idea for sharing the real meaning of Christmas. If you don't have a specific idea tell me how you include your small children in the traditions of the season. Comments will close (and the giveaway will end) on November 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm CST. This giveaway is open to the US only.
For more fun enjoy these free coloring pages!
I received a free copy of this book from Tommy Nelson for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.