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From the bookshelf

For the young readers (ages 4 to 8) on your Christmas list, try these books.

The Something Wonderful by Karen Hill is a charming tale of the true meaning of Christmas. The stable animals decide to throw a party and parade when they hear that “something wonderful” is about to happen. But they get caught up in their plans and forget what is important. This story can help children focus on what really matters—Jesus’ birth. And the whimsical artwork with its soft colors will keep their interest from the first page to the end. (Crossway Books, www.gnpcb.org or 877-872-2871.)

A is for Angel by Debbie Trafton O’Neal is a fun way to teach the Christmas story, beginning with “A is for angel who first shared the good news” to “zzz’s from the baby, asleep in the hay.” Jan Bryan-Hunt’s folk-art inspired illustrations are sure to please with vivid purples, reds, greens, blues and pinks. Activities with easy-to-follow instructions are included. Families can get into the holiday spirit by making gift tags, stockings, a tree skirt, or baby or mantel blocks. (Augsburg Books, www.augsburgbooks.com or 800-328-4648.)


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