The best Christmas pageant ever

Author Robinson, Barbara.
Language English
Publisher
New York: Harper, 2011




Annotation:

Reading by Andrea Martin, with music composed and performed by Jane Ira Bloom, of the Barbara Robinson story The best Christmas pageant ever.



Subjects :

  • Christmas stories, American
  • Fiction
  • Radio programs
  • Behavior
  • Christmas stories
  • Humorous stories
  • Christmas
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Children's stories

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson

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Reading Measurement Programs:


9780060250447, 9780060250430, 9780064402750, 0060250437, 0060250445, 0064402754
Harper & Row (New York) 1972.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 930
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 5


9780064402750, 006447044X, 0064402754
Harper (New York:) 1988.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 930
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 5


9780060890742
Harper (New York:) 2011.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure AD760L
Accelerated Reader Points

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Standard Learning Info :

Project Stars: K-5 Children's Literature and Correlation of the Virginia Standards of Learning, Winter 2002, 1995 Grade 5 Objective 5 Virginia Department of Education

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Reviews :

Jennifer Dowell (Audiofile, December/January 2007)
Barbara Robinson's 1972 story of the rotten Herdman family, who take over the annual church Christmas play, is still fresh, avoiding preachiness and achieving heartwarming hilarity. 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. The whole family's guaranteed to laugh (but perhaps adults, who may find the antics achingly familiar, most of all), and there's every reason for listening to THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER to become an annual holiday tradition. J.M.D. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2006 (orig. 1972), Harper Audio, Two CDs, $17.95. Ages 6 up.
(PUBLISHER: Harper Audio Two CDs $17.95., PUBLISHED: 2006 (orig. 1972))

Claudia Mills, Ph.D. (Children's Literature)
Barbara Robinson’s short novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is one of the best, and best-loved, Christmas stories ever written; 2012 will mark the triumphant fortieth anniversary of its publication. Here Robinson collaborates with illustrator Laura Cornell to offer a picture book edition of her classic story of how the Herdmans--“the worst kids in the history of the world”--take over the church’s annual Christmas pageant, seizing all roles for themselves, e.g., with loud, bossy Imogene grabbing the role of Mary, and Gladys (who “liked to smack things”) casting herself as a smart-mouthed Angel of the Lord. But, far from ruining the community’s usually staid and predictable Nativity reenactment, the Herdmans’ previous ignorance of Luke’s story helps the audience to hear it anew, as well. When Gladys hollers, “Hey! Unto you a child is born!” she makes it “sound like it was the best news in the world.” This new edition of the holiday classic is good news, too, although it is not in any way a substitute for the original novella, which has so much more space to develop the Herdmans’ initial badness and so gives that much more punch and poignancy to their ultimate reaction to the birth of the holy baby in the stable. But it is lovely to have a shorter version for bedtime reading or for use in a Christmas-season worship service. Cornell’s sprawling, scribbly, out-of-control pictures wonderfully mirror the chaos wrought by the Herdmans as they unwittingly create the “best Christmas pageant ever.” 2011, Harper/HarperCollins, $16.99. Ages 4 to 8.
(PUBLISHER: Harper (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2011.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011 (Vol. 79, No. 17))
The beloved novel about the ultimate church Christmas pageant is abridged for a younger audience or shorter holiday storytimes, with charming watercolor illustrations that bring the crowd of Herdmans to life. Robinson's classic tale, first published in 1972, relates the story of the six ill-behaved Herdman children, who suddenly begin attending Sunday school at their neighborhood church. They take over all the major roles in the Christmas pageant, causing lots of humorous mischief along the way. The unusual pageant is ultimately a great success, with heartfelt performances by the Herdman kids, who bring their holiday ham to the manger as their offering. This truncated version cuts the longer story down to just the basic plot elements, without the hilarious hijinks of the Herdmans and with some loss of the subtle underlying theme conveyed in the full-length novel. However, the story is often performed as a play during the holiday season, and this shorter version will serve well as an introduction to children prior to a performance or as a read-aloud for the family gathered around the Christmas tree. Cornell's distinctive, loose watercolors add humorous details. The full-length novel better conveys the complex narrative, but this picture-book version makes the basic story easily accessible to all. Final art not seen. 2011, Harper/HarperCollins, 32 pp., $16.99. Category: Picture book. Ages 4 to 9. © 2011 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Harper (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2011.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
The “worst kids in the history of the world” are laugh-out-loud outrageous in this rollicking picture-book adaptation of Robinson's 1972 novel. Cornell's (My Mommy Hung the Moon) humorous, energetic illustrations highlight the incorrigible Herdman siblings' naughtiness, as they're pictured acting out well beyond the shenanigans chronicled in the punchy text. At Sunday school, they “stole all the money out of the collection plate,” and the fact that they don't know the Nativity story “didn't stop them from picking out the best parts for themselves.” As in the original version, they steal the show, providing a satisfying primer for kids not yet ready for Robinson's longer holiday treat. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
(PUBLISHER: Harper (New York:), PUBLISHED: c2011.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
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. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 95264, $20.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Unabridged Cassette- Library Edition; 95264 $20.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
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. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; C1107, $25.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick Md.:), PUBLISHED: p1997.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York: Harper, 2011

Media Type: Language Material
1 v. (unpaged):
PZ7.R5628 ([E])
9780060890742
9780060890759
0060890746
0060890754
"A picture book adaptation of the novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson"-T.p. verso.
Harper Audio Two CDs $17.95., 2006

Media Type:

0061215228
9780061215223
Prince Frederick Md.: Recorded Books, 1997

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2 sound discs (2 hr.):
PZ7.R5628 ([Fic])
0788737368
9780788737367
"Unabridged Fiction."-Cover.
"With tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking."-Cover.
In container (16 cm.).
New York NY: Caedmon Publishers, 1991

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
1 sound cassette (86 min.): analog Dolby processed.
1559944978
9781559944977
Unabridged with music.
New York: Trumpet Club, 1989

Media Type: Language Material
48 identical books (80 p.):
(KIT F)
0440842492
9780440842491
"A short version of this book appeared in McCall's magazine under the title The Christmas pageant."
New York: Harper, 1988

Media Type: Language Material
80 p.:
([Fic])
0064402754
006447044X
9780064402750
9780064470445
"A short version of this book appeared in McCall's magazine under the title The Christmas pageant."
Reprint. Originally published 1972.
Los Angeles CA: Regency Home Video, 1986

Media Type: Projected Medium
1 videocassette (60 min.):
(VT/F/Bes)
New York: Avon, 1979

Media Type: Language Material
80 p.:
F
London: Faber, 1974

Media Type: Language Material
5-91p.:
(823/.9/1)
0571105939
9780571105939
Originally published New York: Harper and Row 1972.
New York: Avon Books, 1973

Media Type: Language Material
80 p.
PZ7.R5628 ([Fic])
9780304039432
0304039438
"A short version of this book appeared in McCall's magazine under the title The Christmas pageant."
New York Harper & Row, 1972

Media Type: Language Material
80 p.
PZ7.R5628 ([Fic])
0060250437
0060250445
9780060250430
9780060250447
0064402754
9780064402750
"A short version of this book appeared in McCall's magazine under the title The Christmas pageant."
Sequel The best school year ever.
Recorded Books Unabridged Cassette- Library Edition; 95264 $20.75.,

Media Type:

9780788717925
0788717928

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