Bibliographic Information: Archer, J., & Aitchison, C. (1994). The first miracle. New York, NY: HarperCollins.
Brief Annotation: This is the story of a young boy who happens upon the birth of Jesus and experiences the first Christmas.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: 3-5
Readers who will like this: Children who like history with a twist
Rating/Response: 5. Everyone knows the story of Christmas, but this book gives readers insight into what it could have been like if you happened to be there. I think kids will like hearing this story from another point of view. An easy activity to go along with this would be to have students write their own account of the first Christmas and what it would have been like if they were there.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever witnessed a miracle?
Posted by: Christina Angell