This book I received from Booksneeze in exchange only for an honest review would make a lovely and perfect Christmas gift, or could even be used as readings for an Advent calendar: Peace on Earth by Mary Engelbreit Christmas Collection by Zonderkidz.
My first impression of the book was its quality. In a day and age of electronic readers, this is a hardcover book that feels solid to hold. It's pages are filled with colorful and amazing illustrations in Mary Engelbreit style.
The pictures are absolutely beautiful! Mary Engelbreit didn't hold anything back and her illustrations purely send this book beyond expectations.
To accompany the pictures, there are classic poems, song lyrics to Christmas carols and excerpts from the biblical account of Jesus and his birth.
If you use some creativity in breaking apart the writings, you could even use the book to correspond with an Advent calendar, as I counted 24 readings to share. Here's how the Advent calendar break down could look:
Dec. 1 - Introduction page - Born In A Stable
Dec. 2 - Christina Rossetti poem, Love
Dec. 3 - The First Noel and beautiful picture of lion, with words, "Peace on earth"
Dec. 4 - Beautiful picture with words, "Look to the beauty..."
Dec. 5 - The Gospel of St .Luke
Dec. 6 - Beautiful picture of mother and child with the words, "Day of Light"
Dec. 7 - Robert Herrick poem
Dec. 8 - Left-hand page, beginning, "Friendly Beasts"
Dec. 9 - Right-hand page, beginning with "I said the Rooster,"
Dec. 10 - Silent Night
Dec. 11 - A Child's Christmas Eve Dream
Dec. 12 - "What means the glory round our feet..."
Dec. 13 - The Maji
Dec. 14 - Don't Waste the Miracle
Dec. 15 - Another Boy (4-pages)
Dec. 16 - Angels We Have Heard on High
Dec. 17 - Rejoice (words with picture)
Dec. 18 - The Lamb
Dec. 19 - All Things Bright and Beautiful
Dec. 20 - God MAde So Many Different Kinds of People Why Would He Allow Only One Way to Serve Him?
Dec. 21 - Let There Be Peace on Earth
Dec. 22 - Lullay, My Liking
Dec. 23 - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) - Read last entry, "May the blessed light be on you..."