By Laura Sassi / Zondervan
Goodnight, Manger 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. Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.
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Goodnight Manger is a children’s board book. It provides a fictional account of what may have taken place in the stable after Jesus was born and how each animal could have helped after His arrival. The fictional content resembles a bit of the actual Biblical events of Jesus’ birth. One inaccurate account, excluding all the animals and their part, was the wise men showing up at the Manger. The wise men did not arrive until up to two years after Jesus’ birth, at which time Jesus and His family would be then living in a house and no longer in the stable. The Shepards did show up at the stable as depicted in Goodnight Manger.
The illustrations are done very nicely. They are filled with many shades of color and enables the mentioned actions to come alive within each page. I recommend Goodnight Manger.