The Best Christmas Pageant Everby Barbara Robinson
80 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by The Hermit
The pageant reminds young readers of why we celebrate Christmas.
PlotEveryone at the local church is expecting a Christmas children's pageant exactly like those of years previous. When the Herdmans, the meanest kids in town, suddenly come to church and grab all the main parts, interest picks up in the performance specifically because no one knows what will happen! Will the production still communicate the message of Christmas?
MoralityBecause everyone knows the 'shock and awe' way the Herdmans behave, other kids tend to compare themselves to them. This attitude is discouraged by the narrator.
Spiritual ContentThe Christmas story is presented in the book and it mentions things in the Bible.
ViolenceThere is shoving and bullying.
Drug and Alcohol ContentOne kid smokes tobacco. Smoking is discouraged in the book by the narrator.
Sexual ContentOne character has an aversion to the word "pregnant" [p. 42] which might confuse children.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentOne of the Herdmans takes God's name in vain.
ConclusionSince all the main characters of the Pageant have never heard the Christmas story, this book humorously explains points in a way children can understand.
|Written for Age:||11-12|
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