A Rare Nativity by Sam Beeson, Nina Cochran, & Terral Cochran (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

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Welcome to my tour stop for A Rare Nativity by Sam Beeson! This was a very interesting illustrated book. Check out my full review below and enter the giveaway...

A Rare NativityA Rare Nativity
by Sam Beeson
Photos by Nina Cochran & Terral Cochran
Christmas, Illustrated Book
Hardcover & ebook, 32 Pages
September 8th 2015 by Ensign Peak

We have all heard the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, and we have all seen the traditional Christmas crèche. Now, author Sam Beeson and photographers Nina and Terral Cochran combine these two classic Christmas icons to create A Rare Nativity.

Upon reading the first lines of the book, it is clear the narrator holds a bitter grudge as he sends his enemy crude and discarded gifts: On the first night of Christmas I gave my enemy a briar from a tanglewood tree. On the second night of Christmas I gave my enemy two rotten eggs.

Night after night the gifts pile up shards of glass, rusty nails, gnarled twigs, and more. What the narrator s enemy decides to do with each of these odious gifts is nothing less than a Christmas miracle. The photographic creation of the rare nativity at the end of the book is both a work of art and a wonder to behold.

My Review

A RARE NATIVITY was an interesting take on the classic Twelve Days of Christmas. Each day has a related picture of the item that was given. At the end, there was also a picture for each item that was returned by the giver's enemy. It was an interesting perspective showing how something that was meant to be hurtful could be turned around to be something kind and beautiful as they were artistically redesigned into a nativity. A RARE NATVITY is an interesting conversational piece. Something that begins in a negative way and ends with hope.

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary review copy from the tour host for the purposes of this tour, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Sam Beeson gives himself annual writing assignments. In 2005, he wrote a poem a day. In 2007, he wrote about his wife every day. In 2015, each day he wrote a handwritten letter to someone new. Sam teaches high school English and loves reading the journals of his ancestors.

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