* As a Z BLOG SQUAD member, I received a copy of this book for free as a member of Zondervan’s Z BLOG SQUAD *
“Twas the Evening of Christmas” is a wonderful retelling of the story of when Jesus was born. Like Clement C. Moore’s classic, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” this twist written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Elena Selivanova follows a similar rhythm and verse.
This book is very inviting. The outer cover features foil and sculpted embossing through the front cover illustration. The pages are glossy and are easy turn with no sticking together. The hardcover format is perfect for repeated readings throughout the season as well as for years yet to come.
The start of the book features the Bible verse Luke 2:10-11. I appreciate that the scripture verses were included as it sets the scene for the story about to be read. It’s very worth mentioning that this book features illustrations that cover the entirety of the pages. This picture format makes it a wonderful storytime book where not just one child but a group of children can see the images easily.
Here’s a sneak of a verse found in the book:
’Twas the evening of Christmas, when all through the town,
Every inn was so crowded, no room could be found.
Tired Mary and Joseph, who went door to door,
At last found a place on a small stable floor…
The story goes as follows; Mary & Joseph are looking for a place to stay, they settle in a stable filled with animals, baby Jesus is born, the angel’s song begins and share the good news with the shepherds in the field who make their way to the stable, the wise men show up, back to slumber they all go, and ends with Mary wishing her son and to all a good night.
Now the true story is that the wise man don’t show up till baby Jesus is two years old. It for my family opens the door for discussion as they are a big part of the story but the timing is just off and I’m not sure how or why this became so widely allowed that it’s nearly in every single Christmas story, movie, book, etc…revolving around Christ. This doesn’t take away from the retelling or if this book, but I felt it needed to be pointed out.
The verses of this story are written in rhyme through the entirety of the story. It makes the book an easy read and one that is read or listened to over and over again will be memorized.
I do like this book and my children have enjoyed it as well. I feel it will help Christ following families and children remember the reason we celebrate the season.
I feel this book would be a welcome addition to home and Sunday school classrooms!
If can be found on Amazon.com as well as other retailers in digital and board book format.