One more shopping day to go. The store has been its usual nutty busy self these past few weeks. We've sold out of a lot of good books, but are having fun finding the right matches for the kids Santa is just starting to think about. Almost 200 of the new Star Wars movie books, which went on sale last Friday, have already sold.
In keeping with the season, I thought I'd mention one more nativity book. As you probably know from your mother, our parents' household always incorporated the Bible story of Christmas into our non-religious life. My interpretation of that as a grown-up is that if you're going to get all the pagan and commercial benefits of the holiday, you need to acknowledge the religious underpinnings too. In 1950s Pleasantville, this meant staging a nativity pageant in our living room. Two of us would be Joseph and Mary, Judy's doll Annie played Jesus every year, and the third child would read relevant Bible passages aloud. Someone would play whatever instrument he or she was learning at the time, and there would be some giggling about the King James wording.
I've already written about my favorite nativity book for kids: Julie Vivas' exuberant Nativity. (That post is full of links to many of our other Christmas blog entries.) It's still the best. But here's another for the construction-minded child:
The Christmas Story: The Brick Bible for Kids by Brendan Powell Smith. Yep, it's the nativity illustrated with tableaux of Lego figures. Smith seems to have the corner on many stories with Lego illustrations, including several Bible stories for kids, and more comprehensive Old and New Testaments for adults (circumcision in Lego: who knew it could be so vivid?).
The wording in this one leaves something to be desired. But the illustrations are a kick. Consider, for example, the progression of Mary's pregnancy, from annunciation (left), to Joseph's discovery of her condition (center) to the arrival in Bethlehem (right):
The baby ends up in a sort-of manger in a stable Joseph is trying to make livable:
Merry Christmas and much love to you and yours!