Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a sweet story.
Written by Laura Sassi
Illustrated by Jane Chapman
32 pages – ages 3+
Published by Zonderkidz on October 6th, 2015
Theme- Christmas Story
Opening and Synopsis- Opening Lines:
“Stars are twinkling.
Mama says, ‘It’s
Time for bed.’”
Synopsis from GoodReads: “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.“
What I Thought- The thing that really stood out to me is how this book tells the nativity story from a family perspective. Yes, this is one of the most important occurrences in all of Christianity, but it brings it down to a human level and I think it can get kids to relate to it. I like how Jesus, Mary and Joseph are named “Baby”, “Mama”, and “Papa” in the story, again relating it to the family aspect of what went on that blessed night. I also love that the book is illustrated true to the setting, the Middle East. It is a nice multicultural aspect, that makes it realistic. The book has nice, consistent rhyme and makes it a perfect bedtime story. I love that the book brings the nativity story to a level kids can appreciate while still giving the story the respect it should be treated with.
Activities and Resources-
HERE is another activity from the Sunny Day Family blog.
After reading the book, it would also be a fun activity to name the things that keep your family awake and relate it to what happened in the story.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!
Here’s another nice book you may want to get for a special person on your Christmas list! It’s not a picture book, but it’s a book you can make pictures with!
Christmas to Color
by Mary Tanana
96 pages – ages 6+
Published by Harper Collins on October 27, 2015
Summary (from publisher) – Step into a wintry wonderland with illustrator Mary Tanana’s intricate, gorgeous illustrations of Christmas magic, lovingly represented in this delicately rendered coloring book. From snowflakes to stockings, reindeer to wreaths, every aspect of the holidays is waiting to be brought to life through your creativity. With nearly one hundred pages of pen-and-ink drawings, the wintry coloring book fun will last you well into the new year!
What I Thought – This is an amazing collection of detailed Christmas pictures for you to color yourself. The illustrations have a wide variety of Christmas themes and looks. The pages are very thick so if you use markers or paint, it won’t bleed through. I could see kids and parents enjoying this book together. It would be a unique gift for any art lover or maybe someone who just loves to color! With 96 pages, there is a lot here to keep you busy for a long time!