Book Review: "Goodnight Manger" by Laura Sassi
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 in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, 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.
I enjoyed Laura Sassi's "Goodnight Ark" about Noah's Ark and this was is also adorable. I love the simple way Laura explains the story but yet keeps it fun with the rhyming. This story is a great addition to share at Christmas time and is perfect for the younger aged kiddos.
This book has humor and left me questioning what it really would have been like in the stable when Jesus was born. Laura add's a lot of humor with how she envisions living in a stable from animal noises to itchy straw for Jesus's bed.
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