The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Barbara Robinson Elaine Stritch / Jun 01, 2020
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings or the worst kids in the history of
  • Title: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
  • Author: Barbara Robinson Elaine Stritch
  • ISBN: 9780060250430
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or the worst kids in the history of the world The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kidLaughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or the worst kids in the history of the world The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch They set fire to Fred Shoemaker s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head And that s just the start When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked It s obvious that they re up to no good But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.This year s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that s exactly what makes it so special.
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      • Barbara Robinson Elaine Stritch

        I grew up in a southern Ohio river town Portsmouth and that small town atmosphere has affected most of my writing My mother, widowed when I was three years old, taught school for forty nine years in that same small town, and her major indeed, only extravagance was books I grew up with, and quickly adopted, the notion that reading was the only way to fill up every scrap of loose time you could snatch I had the benefit, as well, of a wide variety of aunts and uncles and cousins, plus the extended family so common to small town life the neighbors, friends, teachers, bus drivers, mailmen, local heroes and local ne er do wells, and even a local blacksmith stuff to feed the imagination.I began writing very early poems, plays, stories and just never quit I attended local schools and then, being both book struck and stage struck, found a college Allegheny College where I could satisfy both passions.I ve been a short story writer, with some forty fifty stories in McCall s, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, etc a playwright an occasional poet, and finally and most happily, an author of children s bookshappily, because there s no greater audience than boys and girls who read books and demand that those books be the most exciting, the most mysterious, the most touching, the funnieste Best.I live and write in a suburb of Philadelphia, and I have two daughters Carolyn, who is a nurse, and Marjorie, who is a sixth grade teacher and at home now with my grandchildren Tomas and Marcos, and all these people read books like crazy

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    1. Have now read this aloud to my kids two years in a row One year I hope to be able to make it through the end without sobbing.2012 reread It s just not Christmas until you ve cried over this book 2013 reread Managed to hold it together until the very last paragraph My kids think I m nuts for bawling at the end of every Christmas story I read them One day I hope they ll be crying with me 2014 Ugh So much crying at the end Made it through most of it, though.2015 Blubbered my way through the end.201 [...]


    2. This was totally a walk down childhood memory lane read for me Once year, when I was like 12, I read this TWICE to back IN ONE DAY So you can say it s a definite absolutely adored favourite book And even now, when I m an old grey melon of a human, IT IS STILL HILARIOUS And special It s like only 100 pages, so it definitely just gets in and says what it wants to say, no fluffing about But it s a hilarious, and b really thought provoking, and c exceptionally well written Honestly, just trust the t [...]


    3. A wonderful story from my youth that I will add to my annual reading list and hope to get my son hooked soon The Herdmans are a collection of six hellion children When they hear about free and plentiful refreshments are being offered at Sunday School, they decide to attend one week That happens to be the same week that Christmas Pageant rehearsals are announced Enter the entire Herdman clan, who decide that they want in Soon thereafter, they find themselves with all the staring roles and take it [...]


    4. Hey Unto you a child is born That s what Christmas is about, but it s so easy for longtime Christians to forget We know the story of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus, and we ve memorized songs about angels and Wise Men Somewhere along the line, it s easy for it to become rote knowledge, rather than something deep and profound that touches your heart But what would happen if you watched a whole family learn this glorious mystery A family not filled with churchy people in fact, filled with kids [...]


    5. I laughed throughout this hilarious story of the Herdmans consisting of Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys My first thought is that I can see why the kids are terrible if their parents named them that This is honestly a short and sweet story about a clan of terrible kids who have their whole neighborhood and community in terror of what they are going to do next I did laugh at one line that said that the Herdmans were the worst kids in the history of the world, they lied, stole, and [...]


    6. This is a gem of a story, with a tearjerker ending well, it was for me It s a classic story of a family of children who don t fit in because they are so different, and how they grow to fit in as their classmates begin to know and understand them I love it great to read any time, not just around Christmas


    7. Audio book performed by Elaine StritchThe six Herdman kids are a handful and then some Their father disappeared a few years ago, their mother works a double shift, and the children are pretty much left to their own devices They lie, steal, smoke cigars, hit little kids, cuss their teachers, and even set fire to a tool shed.When they show up at Sunday school because they thought there would be snacks just as the Christmas Pageant is being cast, they quickly take over No one else will volunteer to [...]


    8. Read this in fifth grade, what a silly wonderful fantastic holiday read.UPDATED 12 21 2011So I re read this The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world pg 1Nothing says Christmas like a bunch of asshole kids taking over the Nativity play Friends, The Herdmans are children I can get behind They are bad kids and OWN IT Totally my type of children As you well know, I pretty much give in to all of my urges and this holiday season I had that urge to re read The Best Christ [...]


    9. This is a short children s book that can be read in less than an hour It was recommended to me by a friend in my ward who says she reads this every year to help her get into the Christmas Spirit It is a funny, playful story about a Christmas Pageant that happens in a community every year This year the pageant was a little different after being taken over by the 6 wild hellions in the Herdman family It is a reminder about the wonderment of the Christmas miracle that some of us may take for grante [...]


    10. Second Read November 24, 2017 November 30, 2017I read this with my grade 6 class They voted on the next book and this won They enjoyed it First Read When I was in elementary school I had a teacher read this to my class I remember this being hilarious and something I looked forward to having read to me.


    11. I just read this for the 50th time There is not another book, not counting picture books like Hats for Sale, that I have read often Not even Jane Eyre or Rebecca top out at than five When I read it when I taught junior high, I wouldn t let the kids read certain sections, I wanted to read it to them, six times a day, and looked forward to it every time I still read this every Christmas to check in on the Herdmans to get into the Christmas spirit Even after all this time I still chuckle The scen [...]


    12. This was one of my favorite childhood books, so I thought I should revisit it It follows the story of a town s Christmas pageant, which is overtaken one year by the Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world They lie and cheat and smoke cigars, burn down buildings, and are probably responsible for 90% of all bruises incurred by the elementary school aged children in the town Though the changes in the Herdmans aren t extreme and don t even seem to affect most of them, the rest of the ch [...]


    13. The six Herdman children are a nightmare undisciplined, vicious, ignorant, and the bane of every adult s existence When a chance lie brings them to church in late November for the first time ever, everyone thinks they ll get bored of it But late November is when the church Christmas pageant starts, and soon the Herdmans have blackmailed or bullied everyone to the point that when the pageant organizer asks for volunteers for Mary, Joseph, the three Wise Men, and the Angel of the Lord, no one spea [...]


    14. Every year the Christmas pageant is the same The church kids don t want to be shepherds or wise men or caroling angels, and the parents don t want to sit through the same old thing all over again Everything is about to change It all starts when Charlie tells one of the Herdmans that there are snacks at church The Herdmans are the worse children in town maybe the worst kids ever They steal, lie, smoke cigars, and burn things down Even worse, they want to be in the Christmas pageant This story is [...]


    15. This is fantastic I can t believe I found a Christmas book for my nieces and it s not even sappy It s so funny and it s perfect for both of their age groups and I love it A lot The Herdmans stole my heart.


    16. My daughter brought this book home the other day from school and I re read it again for the first time in years I even read it to her Classic book


    17. Modern Christmas stories that are targeted to adults are almost always romances or, less frequently, murder mysteries set at Christmas time, so these would not appeal to most children Modern Christmas stories targeting the young are not usually stories that adults would enjoy reading on their own they often seem to center around popular children s cartoon characters So the ability of Barbara Robinson s 1972 classic The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to be read with enjoyment by readers of any age i [...]


    18. Hey Unto you a child is born Muzzy has read this aloud to us every Christmas since the dawn of time and Christmas isn t Christmas until she does so She always cries through the end.The book points out that Mary and Joseph were just people They had days when they woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and they managed to burn the bread, and cut themselves and stub their toes They weren t perfect, which just makes the Christmas story so Because God can use anybody even an unwed pregnant teenager l [...]


    19. I loved this book growing up, and I still love it now It s one of the best children s Christmas books out there Besides the fact that it s hilarious, I love that it poses some interesting questions about the traditional Christmas story that we ve always heard I mean, if you think about it, the baby Jesus probably did need burped and why did they let a pregnant woman stay in a barn I also loved the choice of narration having a kid narrate was a wise choice because it just added to the humor of th [...]


    20. The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world They lied and stole and smoked cigars even the girls and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker s old broken down toolhouse Fantastic Christmas story I know I ve seen the movie at least a half a dozen times but hadn t remembered if I d ever read the book, so I checked it out from the library and sat down to read it A lightning fast read, [...]



    21. Travis and I read this on Christmas Eve Just as wonderful if not better than I remembered Next year I need to get it out early enough to read to the kids Classic


    22. We half read this book aloud and half listened to the library audiobook I knew it was going to happen, but I did it anyway I insisted on reading the last chapter aloud to my kiddos at the dinner table and cried through half of it because that s what you do with this gem of a book reimagine the Christmas story with a dirty, feisty Mary, played by someone who doesn t know how it ends you see this 2000 year old story through new eyes, and remember what the words really mean instead of just reading [...]


    23. What a fantastic, fantastic book.I d never read it before I hadn t see the play, or watched it I had heard about it a lot I could tell you the story line.I remember hearing about this book when I was in 4th grade Mrs Blyler s class She was having a conversation with other students about how good it was They were shocked that I hadn t read it That d have been what, 1991 Yeah 1991.Barbara Robinson really captured something about humanity, and love, and compassion in this book The essence of what C [...]


    24. The Herdmans are rotten kids, each and every one of them, and delight in causing trouble They are menaces, mean kids who bully and go out of their way to make someone s life miserable So when they show up at church they heard there s food there and get all the leading roles of the Christmas pageant, everyone is sure they re going to completely and totally ruin everything But the Herdmans have never even heard the Christmas story before, how Jesus was born, and what happens is enough to surprise [...]


    25. Always like to read a seasonal tale at Christmas time and as I discovered this one in a box of our decorations when putting up the tree this year, how was it in there all these years and this is the first I d seen it perhaps a little Christmas magic this one was perfect This amusing short story fits in with the genre of Ralphie and his Red Ryder BB gun A youth s view of all the mayhem that goes with the typical American Elementary School Christmas pageant, made even frantic with the local ruffi [...]


    26. Childhood FavouriteI loved this book as a child and I recall reading it a lot, not just at Christmas It might actually be where I picked up the story of Christmas myself It s a sweet story and I had no idea as a child that there were of them



    27. This book was given to me by my cast when we did a production of it It is a sweet feel good Christmas story with some very funny bits I think it would be highly entertaining for young readers.



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