I first encountered this book about 10 years ago and have returned to it every Advent since then.
It is quite a complex story of a little girl called Elizabet who whilst shopping with her mum goes missing after following a lamb. The little girl travels back in time 2000 years with many characters joining her along the way. Eventually all are present at the stable in Bethlehem.
Meanwhile a boy buys a strange old Advent calendar from an old book shop and is intrigued when each day a special letter is revealed behind the door. Little by little the mystery of the disappearance of Elizabet is revealed.
It is definitely a story for more able readers who won’t be disappointed by the twists and turns they encounter as the story unfolds.
The copy with the silhouettes on the front was my first copy and is extremely beautiful inside as each page is adorned with silhouettes; a very special gift edition.
I have given this each year to more able readers in year 6 and each one of them has enjoyed it, even though some said they found it difficult to begin with, it was well worth persevering with.