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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
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Book Review

Review by Kristen Benjamin

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

Published by HarperCollins Publishers, Incorporated, August  1988

bulletThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a very entertaining story about a church Christmas pageant that did not quite go as planned. The lady who usually directed it fell and broke her leg and that started everything off wrong. The Christmas pageant is a tradition and every year it is the same. The same kids get the same parts, sing the same songs, and have the same costumes.   However this year was completely different because the Herdmans took over. The Herdmans were a family that nobody particularly liked because they always picked on everybody and were constantly causing trouble everywhere they went. The Herdman kids, all six of them, ended up taking all of the lead roles in the pageant. This was an upset at first, but it ended up being the best thing that could have happened. Their ignorance of the Christmas story made them question everything that happened, but they were only trying to think logically.
bulletThe way they portrayed the Christmas story was very touching to the audience. There was something different about the pageant that year, and it was meaningful to everyone.  The way this story is told is very humorous and easy to read. It is told from the viewpoint of a child which makes it even more entertaining. Kids would like it because they can understand how the kids in the story relate to each other and annoy each other. It also shows that the way certain children act does not always portray who they really are inside. Even though the book is funny and makes the reader laugh, it also shows that we need to remember the real meaning of Christmas without letting it just become a tradition.
bulletUpper elementary school students would enjoy this book.
bulletAvailable from Barnes and Noble