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  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  • By: Barbara Robinson
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Christmas Story -

  • By Mary on 12-24-12

Christmas favorite!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I play this for my 4th graders every December. They are quickly taken in by the characters and the narration which is perfect for the style of the story - not too gentle or sweet. There are so many lessons throughout the story and especially at the end, the kids see Christmas in a different way - there is something new to learn for those who know the story well. There are a few references to kids smoking, drinking communion wine, cursing and sex (horror of horrors!) but I find if I don't make a big deal about it, they barely notice. It would be a shame to skip this story for a few inappropriate words. I have read it aloud in the past and rearranged a few words but this narration is so much better, the kids and I enjoy it more this way. The story of the birth of Jesus is told in an unconventional way, and is meant to appeal to kids who don't practice a Christian faith - one big lesson here is that's okay, not everyone does! You don't have to be Christian to understand and appreciate the story.