I don't remember the ending to be so poignant. I'm not ashamed to say that I had to hand the book off to the kids to finish in the last chapter. BIG FAT crocodile tears. Here's a snippit.
Everyone had been waiting all this time for the Herdmans to do something absolutely unexpected. And sure enough, that is what happened.
Imogene Herdman was crying. ....
.....Christmas just came over her all at once, just like a case of the chills or a fever.....
....But as far as I'm concerned, Mary will always look a lot like Imogene Herdman- sort of nervous and bewildered, but ready to clobber anyone who laid a hand on her baby.
I didn't realize it until this evening but the author is from Portsmouth OH. That's right over the river from us! How cool is that? She says growing up in Portsmouth influenced all of her writing. While I was reading I wondered to myself what part of the country she had in mind while she was writing. Little did I know it was my own backyard!
Here are some learning links to use for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, should you decide to read it too! (Please do,, you won't be sorry!)
History of the Christmas Pageant PDF
Grammar, Essay cues, and Tests
Barbara Robinsons Home Page
Report Form for TBCPE
Holiday Christmas Traditions in America