Book Review: Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi Illustrated by Jane Chapman

goodnight mangerMary and Joseph are putting baby Jesus to bed in the manger, except He just won’t settle down. Animals and Angels keep little Jesus awake because they are rejoicing in a loud manner. Mary and Joseph try their best, but the little baby just won’t rest. Soon the Three Kings arrive, and everyone starts to sing to ease Jesus’ cries.

Laura Sassi and Jane Chapman have collaborated on another spectacular children’s book. I was blown away by their last book Goodnight, Ark. I didn’t think it could get any sweeter, and then it did, with Goodnight, Manger.

Goodnight, Manger by Laura Sassi is a wonderful representation of the birth of Jesus. Just like Goodnight, Ark, there aren’t many bible references. It is a rhyming book that opens up many doors for parents and teachers to talk about where, when, why, and how Jesus was born. The illustrations by Jane Chapman are so special and full of imagination. I can’t wait to be able to talk about each page with Jimmie.

I am kind of jealous of my husband because he gets to read goodnight stories to Jimmie on most nights. Goodnight, Manger  has received Jimmie’s stamp of approval and made it into his nightly routine. I even read it one day to him at nap time, just so I could experience it first hand. Jimmie loves the book just as much as he loves his other night time books: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; Goodnight Little One by Margaret Wise Brown;  Sleep Tight [Elmo]; and, of course, Goodnight, Ark by Laura Sassi.

I really hope Laura Sassi and Jane Chapman continue to create lovely bible story books for Children. They truly are one of a kind books that we will treasure for many, many years to come.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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