The First Noel: A Tale of Friendship by Clare Johnson

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The First Noel: A Tale of Friendship by Clare Johnson
Genre – Children’s Religious/Christian/Holidays & Celebrations, Stories in verse, Picture Books,
What happens when a friendship develops between the daughter of a rich Wiseman and a common shepherd girl?
This Christmas poem weaves the heartwarming fictional journey of an unlikely friendship into the traditional Biblical account of Jesus’ birth and tells how the arrival of the Savior challenges the heart of one girl to choose love over the acceptable social norm of her day, in a culture marked by rigid distinctions between social classes. Through this story, children will learn to value diversity, acceptance, and love of others regardless of their social status. Based on a ballet production, whimsical drawings will captivate readers and bring a charming twist to a classic Christmas story. Parents and children alike will love the lessons on friendship received through this delightful tale.


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Clare Johnson is a writer, dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Her writings include original dance productions, and songs as well as her blog Hope in the Making. Her dance productions have been performed at woman’s conferences, out reaches, church events, and prisons. Whether creating through writing or dance productions, her desire is to bring a message of hope to others through all her work. She lives in California with her wonderful husband and children and confesses an affinity for cats of all kinds.

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