Thursday, December 22, 2005

Christmas Reading List

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'd know that I've started a monthly reading list of Filipiniana for kids. This month, since it is December, I'm shelving my recommendations of Filipiniana books for kids until next month (January 2006) to make way for some Christmas books instead. Look out for these titles as they can be enjoyed by the young and the young at heart this season.

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
2. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess
3. A Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton
4. Bertday ni Jesus Bukas by Alberta Angeles
5. 12 Kwentong Pamasko by Rene Villanueva

And my special pick for the season is Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The book is suitable for readers age 9 - 12 in aspects of content and readability. Judith Gwyn Brown renders a playful illustration in black and white.

It is only seven chapters long, but the humor and the hilarity of celebrating Christmas with a pageant led by misfits and orphaned kids is enough to make this book a delightful read. A perceptive reader will easily understand why, despite the imperfections of the Herdman siblings who play Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men and the Christmas Angel, this Nativity play is the most unforgetable yet.

The book was published in 1972 by Tyndale House Publishers.

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