The Christmas Story by Robert Sabuda - Story Snug

Dec 21st: Kate Eccles chooses The Christmas Story – An Exquisite Pop-Up Retelling

Author / Illustrator: Robert Sabuda

The Christmas Story – An Exquisite Pop-Up Retelling: This spectacular retelling of the traditional Christmas Story is brought to life by Robert Sabuda’s amazing paper engineering.

The six exquisite pop-up scenes depict key moments in The Christmas Story including Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem; the angels’ visit to the shepherds; the Wise Men following the star; and the traditional nativity scene.

Why is this your favourite Christmas book?

I have so many favourite Christmas stories including Stick Man, The Jolly Christmas Postman and The Snowman, however this book has topped my list of Christmas books this year. As we are a Christian family, I had been searching for the perfect version of The Christmas Story for some time and I am absolutely delighted to have finally found it! This book is a joy to open up and share as a family. The paper engineering is sheer brilliance and the pop-up scenes continue to amaze both me and the children. It is certainly a very special book that we will return to year after year.

Can you describe a favourite illustration or give a favourite quote from the story and tell us why you chose it.

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All six pop-up scenes are beautiful but I think my favourite is where the angel Gabriel is visiting Mary as it looks as if the angel is flying off the side of the page yet there is still a great connection between Mary and Gabriel.

About Kate

Kate is a mum of three and a children’s book enthusiast. She blogs about the books she loves at Along Came Poppy with the help of her three Mini Reviewers, Izzie, Theo and Poppy.

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Which book is on your Christmas wishlist this year? 

Well my reading pile is rather large at the moment but Here I Stand: Stories that Speak for Freedom by Amnesty International has just been recommended by fellow book blogger Kim (Bookbairn) and so I’m sure it may end up in my stocking! Mini Reviewer, Izzie has asked Santa for two books to complete her Isadora Moon collection and I think Theo and Poppy may be enjoying some more Dr. Seuss stories in the new year!

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