The Who, What, Why, How of Christmas follows the story of Josh, Tom, Grace and Abby as they ask tricky questions familiar to all parents about the meaning of Christmas.
Susannah McFarlane, the celebrated author of the EJ12 Girl Hero and EJ Spy School series and Fairy Tales for Feisty Girls and Bold Tales for Brave-Hearted Boys, has released a new Christmas title, The Who, What, Why, How of Christmas. Working in partnership with Bible Society Australia, Susannah asks some key questions about the Christmas story and explores Jesus’ birth through the eyes of four fictional characters.
Susannah says, “Having only become a Christian three-and-a-half years ago, I am realising in our post-Christian society, children of Gen X and Gen Y families may never have heard or asked why there was such excitement about the birth of Jesus. This book has been a tremendous privilege to work on. I hope that it inspires young readers to ask questions and explore the Christmas story in a way that will harness their curiosity and create lots of interaction!
The Who, What, Why, How of Christmas follows the story of Josh, Tom, Grace and Abby as they ask tricky questions familiar to all parents about the meaning of Christmas. Susannah takes an unconventional approach, by re-telling the story of the biblical account of the Creation and The Fall before introducing Mary, the angels and shepherds. It is hoped the book will provide children with a deeper understanding of the reason why Jesus came to earth and what it means for their lives.
Susannah has been a leading publisher of children’s fiction for many years and is now a celebrated author, with sales of over one million copies in Australia. The Who, What, Why, How of Christmas draws on her own faith journey as inspiration.
Rev Melissa Lipsett from Bible Society Australia says, “It has been a delight to work with Susannah on this wonderful book. The story of God becoming human is not a fairy tale. It is the very heart of the Christian gospel of grace and love, and its message is for children and adults. Susannah’s wonderful characters invite readers to explore this ultimate love story through their own questioning. We hope some parents will even seek out the original telling of Jesus’ birth in the Bible.