Monday, September 27, 2010

The King's Christmas List

The King's Christmas List
by Eldon Johnson, Illustrated by Bonnie Leick

This is a fairy tale type story with realistic morals and lessons to be learned.  Recommended for children ages 4-8, this book is appropriate for young children with the availability of an adult for discussion and explanation. 

A cute story on the surface, deeper meanings are to be discovered as the reader follows Emma and her talking dog Shu-Shu as they go to the king's party. Upon receiving the invitation, Emma searches for a gift for the king.  As she travels to the party, she is faced with decisions that affect the gift she is carrying and present her with a lesson in giving and helping others.

The title is a bit misleading as there is no mention of the king's list, possibly not the best choice of titles for this book.  However, the message is sound.  Illustrations are bright and cheery, but average to good at best, nothing that stands out as memorable in my mind.  The story is whimsical and pleasant, a Christmas story with a non-religious front that still presents valuable lessons and morals for the child through the discovery of learning to give to others and the joy in doing so.  Overall, I do recommend this book as it is a harmless story with a good purpose.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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