cover image First Christmas

First Christmas

Marcia Williams. Random House Books for Young Readers, $4.95 (26pp) ISBN 978-0-394-80434-7

Very modern, cheery illustrations accompany this fairly standard telling of the Nativity. Williams has divided each page into three or four bordered panels with festive symbols of the season interspersed with motifs from the text. In closing, Williams briefly states what Christmas has meant to people through the centuries, in every part of the world, and names some of the traditions that have lingered through time. For the price, this package is hard to beat. Ages 3-6. (September)