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.
Now, imagine that those kids, kids who have never been to church and never heard the story of Christmas, are the stars of your church Christmas pageant. That’s exactly what happens. Poor Mom gets drafted to direct the Christmas pageant when Mrs. Armstrong, who always directs the pageant, winds up in the hospital.
This book is heartwarming and hilarious. It explores the wonder of Christmas through fresh eyes. There’s a reason this book has become a modern classic. Barbara Robinson has hit the perfect balance between the chaos of working with little children and the joy of helping someone discover the Truth of Christmas. Plus, at only 80 pages it’s a very quick read.