Repost from December, 2010.
(Still one of my favorite Christmas books of all time!)
Book Club Review -- "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"
For our December book club, we kept it simple and decided to read “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson. I first read this book when I was a kid, and I have read it many times over the years of my childhood. This was the first time I had read it as an adult, and it was just as good as I remembered.
This story is about a rambunctious (okay, just plain mean…) family of six kids, the Herdmans, who constantly terrorize their town and its people. No one ever expected to see them show up at church, but they do, after a promise of refreshments. And then they get mixed up in the Christmas Pageant…
As a child, I thoroughly enjoyed this simple book. I thought it was funny and sweet. As an adult, I still enjoyed it, but I of course found so much more meaning in it. This story is funny, charming, and right on the mark with its account of the true meaning of Christmas and the reality that no one should be counted without hope.
I give “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”…….. 5 BookWorms!!!
And here is the comment that my husband left on the original post:
We read this book together and I really liked it. I had never read it before, so it was neat to here the story that Sara already knew. After reading it I really did some thinking about our Christmas traditions and what they mean. It was neat to hear the Christmas story from the perspective of someone who has never heard it before. Most of us know the Christmas story, but how many of us actually stop to think about it and what was really going on? I know that I seldom do. When you think about it from the perspective of someone hearing for the first time, especially a child, the whole story takes on wonderful new meanings. I can't wait to read this story to Isabella some day. I agree with Sara that everyone should read this book and read it every year. A great read for young and old.
What was your favorite Christmas book as a child?