The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


 Nobody was able to name the author of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in last Monday’s quiz.

They’ve missed a treat because this little book (108 pages) is a gem.

The narrator is one of the quiet kids whose mother gets landed with producing the annual nativity play when the woman who’s done it for ever breaks a leg.

The day that parts are being chosen the Herdmans, lured by the promise of food, turn up and bully all the other kids into letting them have the main roles.

Other parents aren’t happy but the more they question, the more the producer is determined to produce the best Christmas pageant ever.

She does it both in spite and because of the feral children who bring a whole new meaning to a very old story and help the other characters, and the reader, see Christmas with fresh eyes.

It’s a delightful story told with warmth and humour; enhanced by the narrator whose genius for understatement provides an object lesson in the art of show-don’t-tell.

I’ve read this book to very young children and given it to grandparents.

It’s one of the books on my annual-read list and I re-read it at about this time every year to get me in to the spirit of Christmas.

The Best Christmas Present Ever  by Barbara Robinson, published by Harper Trophy. (The sticker on the back says $14.95 but my copy was bought years ago so it will probably cost more now).

Tuesday’s answers


Monday’s questions were:

1. What is a cutty sark (as distinct from the Cutty Sark)

2. Who is the patron saint of farmers? 

3. Who said, “There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.”?

4.Who wrote, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever?

5. What’s a kakaruwai?

Andrei got 2 which conincided with my answers. He also came up with four saints who concern themselves with farming matters, none of which was St Isodore which was my answer. But he’s a Catholic and got his from a book of saints and I’m a Presbyterian who got my answer from Wikipedia so I defer to him and award four bonuses.

Gravedodger got four right and a bonus for extra information for #1.

PDM gets 1/2. Cutty Sark is a brand of scotch but a (note the a) cutty sark (according to my father who was a Scot) is a short shirt.

Tuesday’s answers follow the break:

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