I ordered this sweet book The King’s Christmas List (written by Eldon Johnson and illustrated by Bonnie Leick) from Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program awhile back, simply because the little girl on the front cover looks like our daughter Isabelle, and I knew she would love having a book with a picture of herself on the cover. I was gratefully surprised that the story with a lesson on sharing on the inside matched the cuteness of the cover.
The general synopsis of the book is that Emma is on the way to the King’s Birthday party (the king being Jesus), but has no idea what to get for a King. Along the way Emma and her dog meet a few weary travelers, and end up giving them her teddy bear, a cake meant for the King, and her coat—all they had. By the time Emma gets to the King, she is empty handed and ashamed, but the King assures her that the greatest gift she could give Him was what she gave to others.
My favorite part of the book is at the very end. The book points out a few charities that a family can help and make a difference in the world. I love that there is this challenge at the end, and it makes the book action-oriented. The writing of the book is a little rhymey and uses language that might be a little over the top of a little girl or boy’s head, but the point of the story comes across clear. Sharing and giving is the best gift to give Jesus for His Birthday. I would highly recommend this book as a gift for a young child for Christmas, or even before Christmas!
Disclaimer: I got this book for free from Booksneeze, and they didn’t bribe me to say good things about it.