Parents' Guide to

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

A unique and entertaining spin on an age-old tale.

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age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

fun book in which children can picture themselves

It's funny, suspenseful, and holds a powerful lesson about people.

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Educational value
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age 7+

Family tradition

I read this to my kids every year. They are 11 and 14 now, so it has been several! They still look forward to it and laugh out loud in several parts. I still cry along with Immogene at the end when Christmas hits her. And it makes us discuss the Christmas story at different levels every year. It is one of my favorite things about Christmas. Share with your family! But keep in mind that no one is "perfect" in their book. Just gives you something more to talk about.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (9):

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER has an edge -- but presented from a child's point of view, the edge is funny, irreverent, and irresistible. Author Barbara Robinson's prose is fast, clever, and very funny. But exercise parental discretion; not all parents will want their children exposed to the antics of the main characters or will appreciate the liberties taken with what some people may consider sacred ground.

Though it's all in fun, it offers a subtle but important lesson: Just because you're bad doesn't mean you're hopeless. The Herdmans voluntarily go to the library to research their parts in the play, and Imogene's final scene shows an unlikely side to her character that's sure to stir up compassion and encourage mature readers to reflect on its meaning. Because the story centers on a popular Christian childhood event, some of the meaning and irony may be lost on readers unfamiliar with Christmas pageants. But everyone can appreciate the universal humor and underlying meaning.

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