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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  Author(s) & Illustrator(s): Barbara Robinson

  Edition: Paperback -- Plot Summary and Book Review

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Paperback)    

  • "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson, one of the ALA notable Children's Books of 1971-75, is a humorous Christmas story. The six Herdman children, Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys, are the worst kids in town. They bully and they steal. The main characters never go to church until they are mistakenly told that the minister gives out treats in Sunday school. They have never heard the Christmas nativity story before. But when these six kids find out about the annual church Christmas pageant, they bully other children out of volunteering for lead roles in the play. The pageant rehearsals do not go smoothly. The pageant director has to explain the whole Christmas story and the Herdmans have a lot of questions. These children are very interested in the Christmas story; they even go to the library to read about King Herod. All the town people come out to see what the Herdmans will do in the Christmas pageant. They are surprised to find that it is the best Christmas pageant they have ever had. Children in third grade through 6th grade will enjoy this funny and engaging chapter book.
  • Reading Level: children in third grade through 6th grade
  • Paperback, 96 pages
  • ISBN: 0064402754
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy
  • Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories
  • Book Theme: Christmas
  • Chapter Books

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