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Barbara Robinson (1) (1927–2013)

Autor(a) de The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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About the Author

Barbara Robinson was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 24, 1927. She graduated from Allegheny College in 1948. She wrote more than 40 short stories for newspapers and magazines, including McCall's and Ladies' Home Journal. She published her first children's book, Across from Indian Shore, in mostrar mais 1962. Her most popular work, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, was published in 1972. She adapted the book for both the stage and for television in the 1980s. Her other works include The Best School Year Ever, The Best Halloween Ever, and Temporary Times, Temporary Places. She died on July 9, 2013 at the age of 85. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Barbara Robinson

Associated Works

Love Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Webb, Barbara Jean (birth name)
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Portsmouth, Ohio, USA
Local de falecimento
Berwyn, Pennsylvania, USA
Locais de residência
Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA
Harvard College
Allegheny College (BA)



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This is yet another well-known children’s book that was around when I was a kid, yet I didn’t read. I remember some of my sisters talking about it, though, and since I definitely read a lot back then, I don’t know why I didn’t read it. I picked it up this year because my daughter was looking for a Christmas-themed book to read for school, and I like to read what she does so we can discuss it. It’s a short read, but so very good!

After a chapter describing the antics of the Herdman children so we know how terrible they are, the book gets going with the narrator’s mom having the annual church Christmas pageant fall into her lap. The narrator, by the way, never has a name, which is quite uncommon, at least in my reading experience. As the Herdmans join the pageant and try to get a handle on their parts and motivations behind them, it’s clear that they’ve never been exposed to this (or probably any) biblical account. Though this is not specifically a Christian book, it presents a scenario that can really make you think. The Herdman children’s antics seem to me to be a cry for love and attention, and rather than turning up their noses and wagging their tongues, the people of the church should have taken the opportunity to teach them about God. I appreciate the patience the narrator’s mom has with them (though that did wane sometimes), even if it is only just so she can prove she can put on a great pageant.

I know these kids are fictional, but I found myself left with a profound feeling of hope that someone would take them under their wing and teach them more about Jesus. I suppose that that alone means that Barbara Robinson did a great job with the characters and emotions in the book. If your upper-elementary child, even a little older than that (my daughter is 12) it looking for a good Christmas book this season, consider checking this out. Some parents are concerned about their kids reading about the unpleasant things the Herdman kids do, but they’re definitely shown in a negative light. A conversation after reading to discuss the bullying is probably a good idea anyway. If you’re interested in the book, I say definitely read it (it won’t take long).
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Kristi_D | 107 outras críticas | Sep 22, 2023 |
First read this when I was 8 years old and I can remember laughing like an idiot. 38 years later and still so many giggles to be had.
beentsy | 107 outras críticas | Aug 12, 2023 |
A short but heart-melting Christmas tale that gives new perspective on the traditional story of the birth of Jesus Christ. This story demonstrates how anyone, even those who seem unlikely worshippers, can be affected by the knowledge of a loving savior who came to Earth in the humblest circumstances. This is a fun and touching tale suitable for all ages. I think reading this book around Christmastime will be my family's tradition from now on.
REGoodrich | 107 outras críticas | Jun 22, 2023 |



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