cover image The Story of Christmas

The Story of Christmas

Vivian French. Candlewick Press (MA), $3.99 (24pp) ISBN 978-0-7636-0762-3

French's simple yet reverent retelling of the biblical accounts of Jesus' birth is an excellent choice for very young children. The language, easy but never condescending, retains a certain freshness: ""A long time ago God called for the angel Gabriel and gave him a very special message to deliver,"" the story begins. The acrylics star a kindly cast with sweet smiles and shining black-dot eyes; the tone is friendly from cover to cover. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)