The Big Hat Wise Man


About The Book

Do you really need a savior? Not when you have lots of reading scrolls and a colossal hat to prove how smart you are! Or so decides one Wise Man who skips the journey to greet the newborn Savior he doesn’t need. Even the excitement of his fellow Wise Men upon their return isn’t enough to convince him.

But years later, when he heads to Jerusalem to replace his precious pillow, he discovers that being smart isn’t the same as being wise. With bouncy rhyme and a furry orange friend to find in each picture, The Big Hat Wise Man shows children that the greatest wisdom of all is recognizing your need for a savior.

About The Author

Beth Swale

Beth Swale has always enjoyed making up stories and drawing cartoony pictures. She holds a degree in Christian education from Wheaton College and has worked for David C. Cook Publishing Company writing Sunday school and children’s church curriculum. She lives in Illinois farm country with her husband, Jerry, two dogs, and a pet bird.

Beth Swale

Rave Reviews for... The Big Hat Wise Man


This author/illustrator impressively blends (1) beautiful pictures, (2) a story kids can follow, (3) whimsical rhymes, (4) the gospel message, (5) a moral lesson without being moralistic. Parents or people in children’s ministry know that in a Christian book, you almost NEVER get all five of those elements. You’re lucky to get two or three, but this book shoots 5/5. As an added theological bonus, Christmas is kept in its biblical perspective: leading to the cross, empty tomb, and making sinners into a new creation. Don’t hesitate to buy the book outside of the Advent season, because although the story begins at Christmas and deals with a character type in those biblical narratives, it is wide enough in focus to work any time of year.



Cute book with beautiful illustrations that presents the Gospel in a fun, kid-friendly way!


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