The Christmas Story

illus. by Robert Sabuda. 12p. Candlewick. Sept. 2016. Tr $35. ISBN 9780763683269.
Gr 1–4—Six very simple Christmas scenes, from Mary's visitation by an angel to the Nativity in the stable, are illustrated by Sabuda's marvelous and intricate paper engineering. The clean and clear background colors give a lovely framework for the white and gold pop-ups. Of course, these books are too fragile for general library use, and the central spread of the shepherds and sheep will be especially tempting. Children may push a little too hard to get the full effect, thus ripping the book.
VERDICT For special sharing and displays, this captures the wonder of Christmas.

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