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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972)

by Barbara Robinson

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Series: The Herdmans (1)

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The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.
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    Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. (kathleen.morrow)
    kathleen.morrow: Cheaper by the Dozen is non-fiction, but has a similar sense of humor to it. Both are well-written and hilarious.

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  librisissimo | Jan 23, 2023 |
The alternate title "The Worst Kids in the World" captures in a nutshell the tale of the "misfit" family of new kids who join in the church's annual Christmas pageant and predictably "mess things up" in sometimes stereotypical and sometimes unexpected ways.
The situation is both hilarious and poignant, because they want so much to celebrate the birth of Christ and just don't know the drill.
But all's well that ends well, and everyone learns some lessons about the true meaning of Christmas.
The made-for-tv movie was a very good adaptation of the story. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 23, 2023 |
REQUIRED READING for what Christmas (and being the best human you could be) is all about. ( )
  Quakerwidow | Oct 28, 2022 |
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Robinson, BarbaraAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, Judith GwynIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morisse, TorIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rabén, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stritch, ElaineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world.
Everyone had been waiting all this time for the Herdmans to do something absolutely unexpected. And sure enough, that was what happened.
I'm going to make this the very best Christmas pageant anybody ever saw, and I'm going to do it with Herdmans, too. After all, they raised their hands and nobody else did. And that's that.
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The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.

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