Posted by: nancyisanders | November 14, 2015

Book Review: My Christmas Stocking: Filled With God’s Love


My Christmas Stocking
(Filled With God’s Love)
by Crystal Bowman
Art by Claudine Gevry

This board book is written with sweet rhyming text and soft, precious illustrations. It tells in simple words the historical account of Saint Nicholas and how he started the tradition of giving gifts tucked inside someone’s stocking. Why did he do this? To “remind everyone of the Gift that God sent…” Jesus!

What I Like
Let’s start with the shape of this book. It’s a stocking, of course! Perfect for little hands to hold. (And did I mention fun?!!!) Plus it’s a board book. Sturdy pages for even the youngest child to touch and grab. Even better! I’m so enjoying reading board books to my one-year-old grandson now, and this is going to be a favorite this Christmas, I can tell. But my favorite favorite thing about this book is its focus…Jesus! This book brings the historical account of St. Nicholas up into the real world of the reader both in the beginning of the story and the ending. And here’s my favorite page of all, the very last:

“If you see stockings hung up in a row
bulging with gifts from the top to the toe,

Remember that Christmas is all about love,
and Jesus our Savior, God’s Gift from above.”

What a perfect addition to include in your family’s Christmas traditions if you celebrate the holiday with the joy and delight of a Christmas stocking!

-Thanks, BookLook Bloggers for another wonderful free book in exchange for my honest review!

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