About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Once Upon the Very First Christmas by Rory Feek; Christine Cuddihy (Illustrator)

Once Upon the Very First Christmas

Bestselling author and songwriter Rory Feek takes children and families on a beloved journey to Christmas past in Once Upon the Very First Christmas. On a picturesque farm, schoolchildren gather their homemade costumes and props and put on a heartwarming Christmas play for the community. As they don halos for the angel choir or round up sheep for the final nativity scene, readers will be immersed in the greatest blessings of Christmas—the gift of Jesus — and be reminded that we can rejoice together in the wonder of the season. 

Rory's soothing and lyrical retelling of the Christmas story
  • is paired with magical illustrations by Christine Cuddihy of a homemade Christmas play,
  • is perfect for ages 4 to 8, and
  • is a great gift for Christmas, baby showers, and baptisms.
Take a moment to slow down this Advent and Christmas to treasure that first Christmas, God's gift of Jesus, and every precious moment He's given you to celebrate with family and friends.

You can purchase your own copy HERE.


This new children's book will surely become a Christmas classic! Author Rory Feek and illustrator Christine Cuddihy have combined their talents for this sweet story that shows children acting out the Christmas story. It's a fun and realistic depiction of the Christmas plays we've all seen over the years, with children in bathrobes and fake beards but the difference is that the children live in a farming community. That means that there's a one-room schoolhouse setting, real farm animals that don't always act as they should, and even a few characters that resemble Rory Feek and his little girl Indiana!

The colorful illustrations and the rhyming text make this a book that children will love. It's short enough to retain a toddler's short attention span and the simple text is perfect for beginning readers, but the true joy of this book will come from families reading it together! I love Once Upon the Very First Christmas!

I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson via FrontGate Media. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Rory Feek is a true renaissance man, known as one of Nashville’s premiere songwriters, entrepreneurs, and out-of-the-box thinkers. He is a world-class storyteller, crossing all creative mediums, from music and film to books and digital media, and is the New York Times bestselling author of This Life I Live and author of Once Upon a Farm and The Cow Said Neigh. As a blogger, Rory shares his heart and story with the world through roryfeek.com and has more than 2 million Facebook followers. 

Rory and his youngest daughter, Indiana, live an hour south of Nashville in an 1870s farmhouse, where she goes to school in a one-room schoolhouse built for their community.

You can learn more by visiting Rory Feek's Website.

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