The Herdmans are children who make you color your hair. Their social skills are lacking and their voices are loud. Barbara Robinson transferred her beloved chapter book story into a picture book titled the same, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Although their personalities are rowdy, intimidating, and restless, they bring to life the Christmas spirit. I am thankful that the Savior of Christmas does not look at us through tinted glasses, but rather loves us unconditionally.
The book invites conversation around classroom community. Laura Cornell‘s illustrations bring out tension and social awkwardness that even young children can talk about their feelings.
In the end, the Herdman wisemen bring their Christmas ham, a gift from their sacrifice. We have much to be thankful for. Enjoy the season.