The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

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One thing I truly love about this book is that it can be used with children from a wide variety of grade levels. The third graders at our school read this book every year. I have used it with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. All enjoyed the book and found the humor wonderful. I hope your class enjoys the book as well.

Book Information

Publication Date: 1971


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 760L, , Scholastic Guided Reading Level K


Interest Level: Grades 3-5


Major Awards: ALA Notable Children's Book


Number of Pages: 150 pages


Approximate Word Count: 39,040 words


Audible Book Length: 1 hr and 26 mins


Book Themes: Character Change, Proverty, Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Behavior


Genre: humorous fiction


Setting: Woodrow Wilson School, the church, community


Important Quote: I've got the baby here," Imogene barked at the Wise Men. "Don touch him! I named him Jesus.
Hey! Hey! Unto you a child is born! It's Jesus, and he's in the barn. Go see him! Go on! Go! … SHAZAM!


First Line: The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kis in the history of the world.


Point of View: first person from the prespective of Beth Bradley

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