We recently read Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi and it has become a bedtime favorite.
Goodnight, Manger is a story about Mary and Joseph trying to get baby Jesus to sleep that first special night. This children’s board book is great for any time of the year, not just at Christmas. Most parents can identify with the idea of a mom trying to get a baby to sleep despite the calamity ensuing around her.
The light hearted message and brightly illustrated pages appeal to young children and hold their attention. I would recommend this book for children 0-5 years.
The author put a cute new twist on the story of baby Jesus' time in the manger, and puts Mary in a relatable position. My daughter laughed at all of the chaos that happens throughout the book and is so clearly illustrated. In fact, she requested we read it several times in a row.
I also loved the quality of the pages. The board book pages are heavy duty enough to hold up to a toddler, but easy enough to open and close so that they can flip through the book and look at it themselves.
While there is no outright spiritual message conveyed in the text, the fact that the story is about Jesus and his family in the manger speaks for itself. We loved it!
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