The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Author: Barbara Robinson
Last updated Monday, July 23, 2007
Illustrator: Judith Gwyn Brown
Date of Publication: 1988
Grade Level: 4th (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2004
Called one of America's favorite Christmas stories, and now a classic television movie, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever has been a favorite of young readers the world over since 1972. Funny, memorable, and outrageous, it is the story of a family of incorrigible children who discover the Christmas story for the first time and help everyone else rediscover its true meaning.
|Note to readers: |
Readers: You don't have to read the entire book.
Instead, aim to read through chapter four, and tell
the children that if they want to learn what happens
next, they can check the book out at their school
|Discussion topics for before reading: |
Do you know any troublemakers? Why do you think
they are so mad?
What does your class do to celebrate the holidays?
Do you enjoy it?
|Discussion topics for during/after reading: |
What do you think the Hardemans would say if you
asked them their version of the story?
What do you think happens next?
What would you have done if you had been a part of
|Craft ideas: |
Make a program for the pageant.
Make holiday themed thank you cards to give to
anyone who gives them presents.
|Special activities: |
*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions.
You can use them, but you dont have to use them.
You can expand upon them, or add your own twist.
Remember, though, that the focus of your time should
not be on the development and execution of a craft;
the focus should be on the read-aloud and the
enjoyment of the book!