This is in the pattern of CHILD'S BOOK OF PRAYERS, with Masha illustrations in delicate pastels, not too realistic as to period and costume. For this age group, it is probably wise to introduce the story of the Nativity with pictures and text that fit naturally into their conception, neither wholly modern as with Lauren Ford nor completely accurate as to period. Some people will feel the pictures are too pretty, too sentimental. But on the whole, they should appeal to a wide general public. The story is beautifully handled, with enough story feel, enough detail to fill out the familiar text, and enough direct quotation from the King James version to begin making that classic version seem part of the whole.