Hayley Hippo is so excited when she is chosen to direct the annual Christmas pageant, and she just knows that she will be able to make everything perfect this year.
But when the shepherds forget where to stand, Joseph forgets his lines, and the baby Jesus gets a baaaad haircut, Hayley is dismayed. She just knew her pageant would be perfect, and now it is a complete disaster!
Join the Everyday Zoo gang created by Joyce Meyer as they learn about the true meaning of Christmas and what should really be the focus of this special time of year.
Our family really enjoyed the first Everyday Zoo book that we reviewed last year – Every Which Way to Pray – so we were excited to be able to review a Christmas book with these fantastic characters.
First of all, the writing and illustrations in this book are top-notch. The story is easy to read (it is written for kids ages 4-8), and the pictures just leap off the page and bring everything together. My four-year-old daughter loves the cute animals in this book, especially the little lamb that plays baby Jesus in the pageant. She says that is her favorite part.
The other thing that is so fantastic about this book is its message. Of course the message comes across that “Jesus is the reason for the season,” but it’s even more than that. Hayley comes to understand that nothing in this life is perfect, but Jesus was perfect. And that is why he should be the complete focus of the Christmas season. I love the transformation of Hayley’s heart in this way over the course of this short children’s book.
The Perfect Christmas Pageant is an outstanding children’s book that emphasizes the true meaning of Christmas.
I will give The Perfect Christmas Pageant ... 5 BookWorms!
The Perfect Christmas Pageant
by Joyce Meyer
Publication date: September 24, 2013
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zonderkidz. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."