Goodnight Manger
By Laura Sassi
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Published by Zonderkids
ISBN# 978-0-310-74556-3
32 Pages

Back Cover: 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 hosannas, 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.

REVIEW:I enjoyed this humorous story that is brought to life through beautiful and vibrant color illustrations. Many Christmas stories depict the manger scene in a solemn manner. This author shines a different light in the manger.

The story opens up with Mary and Joseph (first time parents) doing their best to try to help their little one (Jesus) to get to sleep in a stall full of animals. Outside the angels are singing and rejoicing that Jesus is born; oh and then there were all the visitors that came to see Jesus. How could anyone sleep with all that going on? If you like to mix things up and want to read a beautifully fun illustrated book that will make you smile. It’s not your typical Christmas story! I enjoyed that aspect of it.

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