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Preview — The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (The Herdmans #1)
"Hey Unto you a child is born "
Meet the Herdmans--they lie, cheat, and love to give clonks on the head. They are, without a doubt, the worst kids in the history of the world. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.
None of the Herdmans has ever heard the Christmas story before. Josep...more
2012 reread: It's just not Christmas until you've cried over this book!
2013 reread: Managed to hold it together until the very last paragraph. My kids think I'm nuts for bawling at the end of every Christmas story I read them. One day I hope they'll be crying with me!
2014: Ugh. So much crying at the end! Made it through most of it, though.
2015: Blubbered my way through th ...more
That's what Christmas is about, but it's so easy for longtime Christians to forget. We know the story of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, and we've memorized songs about angels and Wise Men. Somewhere along the line, it's easy for it to become rote knowledge, rather than something deep and profound that touches your heart.
But what would happen if you watched a whole family learn this glorious mystery? A family not filled with churchy people--in fact, filled wi ...more
So I re-read this.
“The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world.”
Nothing says Christmas like a bunch of asshole kids taking over the Nativity play. Friends, The Herdmans are children I can get behind. They are bad kids and OWN IT. Totally my type of children. As you well know, I pretty much give in to all of my urges and this holiday season I had that urge to re-read The Best ...more
It's a classic story of a family of children who don't fit in because they are so different, and how they grow to fit in as their classmates begin to know and understand them. I love it--great to read any time, not just around Christmas!
This st ...more
Upon reread, I've decided I still adore it with every fiber of my being. "Pshaw!" I say to those naysayers who think it's not religious enough. "Pshaw! ...more
Fantastic Christmas story. I know I've seen the movie at least a half a dozen times but hadn't remembered if I'd ever read the book, so I checked it out from the library and sat down to read it. A lightning fa ...more
Muzzy has read this aloud to us every Christmas since the dawn of time and Christmas isn't Christmas until she does so.
The book points out that Mary and Joseph were just people. They had days when they woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and they managed to burn the bread, and cut themselves and stub their toes. They weren't perfect, which just makes the Christmas story more so. Because God can use anybody--even an unwed pregnant teenager like Mary, or a family ...more
This amusing short story fits in with the genre of ‘Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun’. A youth’s view of all the mayhem that goes with the typical American Elementary School Christmas pageant, made even more frantic with t ...more
The six Herdman kids are a handful – and then some. Their father disappeared a few years ago, their mother works a double shift, and the children are pretty much left to their own devices. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, hit little kids, cuss their teachers, and even set fire to a tool shed.
When they show up at Sunday school (because the thought there would be snacks) just as the Christmas Pageant is being cast, they quickly take over. No one else will volunt ...more
This book is a clever and funny way to bring children into the love of reading. Children will lo ...more
I'd never read it before. I hadn't see the play, or watched it. I had heard about it - a lot. I could tell you the story line.
I remember hearing about this book when I was in 4th grade. Mrs. Blyler's class. She was having a conversation with other students about how good it was. They were shocked that I hadn't read it. That'd have been what,? 199...1? Yeah. 1991.
Barbara Robinson really captured something about humanity, and love, and compassion in this book. -The ...more
My mother, widowed when I was three years old, taught school for forty-nine years in that same small town, and her major (indeed, only) extravagance was books. I grew up with, and quickly adopted, the notion that reading was the only way to fill up every scrap of loose time you ...more