Jacob is a young boy with a gift for carpentry who is busy finishing up a project for a contest. His teacher, Rabbi Simeon, not only instructs him in carpentry, but also teaches him important lessons about God. Rabbi has just taught Jacob that when you give a gift to one of God's children, it's like giving a gift to God. The night before the contest while working on his pr...more
A beautiful story about the birth of Jesus Christ from an unusual perspective. I love rereading this story each year, and I love watching my boys read it. The illustrations are simple and the ...more
There are several surprising twists in this Christmas tale, especially for a short picture book. Max Lucado blends together into a cogent storyline one of history's most famously pivotal nights, and a boy's need to feel that he belongs in this world, and the combination becomes something very special and surprising, in many ways the perfect historical fiction Christmas narrative.
The writing is sur ...more
Note: Some editions come with the movie made based on the book. In the movie, some of the children are mean and pick on Jacob, destroying some of his work. Jacob shows irritation and impatience. His sister has a doll, which the Jews believed were forbidden ...more
I thought this was a real sweet book, Max Lucado is really so good at making a simple story portray a profound truth.
*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...