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The Wonder of Christmas by Dandi Daley Mackall
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Nov 20, 2008

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Read in November, 2008

If you have small children, you’re sure to have conversations that are chock full of questions. The great thing about questions is that they often present the opportunity for you to have meaningful conversations with your children. It’s hard to think of a more important topic of discussion than the birth of Jesus Christ that we celebrate each year at Christmas. The Wonder of Christmas is chock full of the type of questions your children might have about the Christmas story.

For much of the book, the reader is presented with open-ended questions about what the angels, Mary, Joseph, the innkeeper, the shepherds, and the wise men might have thought or felt in the midst of the Christmas story. Towards the end of the book it transitions from questions into statements about how the reader should feel and act towards Jesus in light of the Christmas story. As you read the book you see a children’s Christmas pageant unfolding before your eyes. The given scene on a page corresponds to the question or statement at hand. Dave Hill’s illustrations are lifelike, but still playful with a bit of a cartoonish flair to them. As always, Dandi Daley Mackall’s poetic style is a pleasure to read.

The Wonder of Christmas is a great book to share with your children during this Christmas season. It will afford you many opportunities for meaningful conversation with your children about the true meaning of the Christmas story each time you read it.

Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of more than 400 books. She has written on a wide range of topics and has an audience that ranges from the preschooler to the adult. Dandi lives with her husband and three children in West Salem, Ohio. You can learn more about Dandi and her books at

Dave Hill is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. He started out as a painter and eventually moved into commercial art. As a commercial artist he has illustrated comic books, created concept art for video games, and illustrated children’s books. Dave lives in Scotland with his wife, Anne, and their two children, Dave and Amy.


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