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. 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.
What a twist on the manager story! I think sometimes we think of the place where Jesus was born being quiet, clean, and quaint but this rendition points to us that it probably wasn’t! Jesus was a baby and babies cry and get upset. However in this story we see Mary telling the angles to hush and that it was frantic visit when the kings arrived. I don’t feel like this would be so. I feel that it was calm and celebratory noise would have been welcome. But we just don’t know!
The story is written in a rhyming way that is simple to read and keeps the story flowing very well. Since in this story Joseph and Mary and working to get baby Jesus to sleep it makes this an ideal pick for a bedtime. The illustrations are colorful and done extremely well. It’s certainly a fun book to look at. I’m not sure if I’ll be reading this book year after year to my children. I don’t want to push the message that Jesus’ birthday was stressful and that he was fussy.
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