The six Herdman children are “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”. They lie and steal and smoke cigars. They even burned down Fred Shoemaker’s old toolhouse. Now they’re taking over the Christmas pageant.
The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before, and they don’t know anything about shepherds or Wise Men. When Imogene hears about the swaddling clothes, she demands to know why anyone would tie up a baby and put him in a feedbox. Leroy, Claude, and Ollie are planning on a gift that means much more than gold, frankincense, and myrrh - the ham from their Christmas basket.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, now also a television movie, has been a favorite of children and their parents since 1972. As C.J. Critt’s spirited narration captures the lively and outrageous spin that the Herdmans put on the Nativity scene, listeners will delight in this unusual and refreshing interpretation of Christmas.
©1972 Barbara Robinson (P)1997 Recorded Books
"Elaine Stritch shares all of it like the best small-town gossip, and the voices of kids and grown-ups alike are real and, more importantly, funny. Events reel out at a breakneck pace, but Stritch's narration stays steady and in control." (AudioFile)
I have both copies of this -- the narration by Elaine Stritch is better. It's my favorite of the two. If you're going to purchase one -- get that version. I love the story, love the sentiment. And it's pretty darn funny, too! It's an annual tradition at our house.
"...and a little child shall lead them."
Here's the story of Christmas, seen fresh through the eyes of some very surprised and surprising children,l so we can all see it anew.
Listened to it lid to lid while trekking to Christmas @ the cousin's. Our 5 kids, 1 month through 8 years, loved it. I laughed a few times and it is as meaningful now add our was back in 1972.
My whole family -- including a 12yo girl and 8yo boy -- enjoyed this very much. It was the perfect accompaniment to our 2 hour trip to meeting up w/relatives to share Thanksgiving dinner.
Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.
Enjoyed revisiting this story from my childhood. Definitely a great listen for the whole family on a road trip or during the holiday season.
This is an annual holiday favorite for our family. C.J. Critt keeps us laughing one minute and pondering the great questions in the story the next.
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