Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time

Children - Educational
32 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2013
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Author Biography

Corine Hyman, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Baltimore, MD where she treats children and adults who experience or may be at risk for trauma due to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed an APA accredited predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Virginia Treatment Center for Children. Dr. Hyman's clinical work has entailed addressing psychological and social issues that affect children both on the national and international level. These works include being a vital part in the development of The World Health Report 2001 - Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope. Current areas of clinical and research interest include the treating and understanding the long terms impacts of trauma on development, parent-child attachment/engagement and assessment issues.

She is the author of two book Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time and My Journey With Jesus Christ. Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time is a Christian Children multi-cultural book that uses biblical passages to answer the question of why we give gifts at Christmas time if it is Jesus' birthday. It contains over 10 different bible verses to reinforce the joys of giving at Christmas time and throughout the year. Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time is also available in Spanish - Por qué damos regalos en el Tiempo de Navidad.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time, written by Corine Hyman, Ph.D., and illustrated by Julie Bryant, is a book that celebrates Christmas and will teach children the true reason for the Christmas season. The main character, a young girl named Evelyn, begins by introducing herself and then introduces her friends, one by one, and asks each one to share why she or he gives gifts to others at Christmas time. Each child explains and gives examples of giving to others. Evelyn concludes the book by explaining that she has learned to give gifts at Christmas and throughout the year because of Christ’s example of freely giving the gift of salvation. The Christmas Story found in Luke 2:1-20 is shared at the end of the book.

Corine Hyman, Ph.D. has written an excellent educational book for children as Why We Give Gifts at Christmas Time will teach and inspire children of all ages. I love the style of how this book is written as it is written in a conversational tone and in language that children will understand. The illustrations are beautiful in this book and go along perfectly with the text on each page. I also like that the book includes a diverse group of characters as children of many ethnicities will be able to connect with a character. This is a great book to share with children at the start of the Christmas season and will inspire children and adults to reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas and give to others.