Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi | Christmas Book Review

Goodnight Manger by Laura Sassi

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Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Juvenile Fiction / Christmas 

The board book edition of Goodnight, Manger, written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Jane Chapman, tells the story of Mary and Joseph as they try to lull Jesus to sleep in the noisy stable after his birth.

It's bedtime for Baby Jesus, but who knew a manger could be so loud? Mama, Papa, and all of the animals try to lull the baby to sleep, but between itchy hay, angels' joyful hosanas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it's just too loud. Until Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd Baby into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars.

With sweet, rhyming text Goodnight, Manger offers a unique twist on the classic manger tale, deftly weaving together the comforting and familiar routines of bedtime with the special magic and wonder of the manger story.

My Thoughts

Goodnight, Manger is another addition to our 2016 collection of Christmas books. Each night leading up to Christmas we read a book that depicts the season. We enjoyed Laura Sassi's Goodnight, Ark and so I was quite sure that Goodnight, Manger would be a hit as well.

The story takes place some time after the birth of Christ. As every momma can attest there are just nights when the little one can't get to sleep. With sing-song verse and beautiful illustrations this common event is told to us in a way that is sure to make you giggle just a little.

Scripture tells us that Jesus was fully human while being fully God so I am quite sure that there were sleepless nights for all concerned . . . especially in a stable full of noisy animals. If you have a household with a new little one you'll be able to relate to this and share in the joy and chaos. 

I'm always amazed at the conversations that come from reading something like this to my grands. We had a wonderful conversation about Jesus as a baby and how important is was that He came to earth and lived a sinless life so that He could be an atonement for our sins. And you thought it was just a silly story! 

If you are looking for a fun new addition to your Christmas books I would recommend this one highly. It is entertaining but can also be a jumping off point to much deeper conversations.

Goodnight, Manger inside picture.

Connect With The Author & Illustrator

Laura Sassi

Jane Chapman

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