Title: Goodnight, Manger
Author: Laura Sassi
Illustrator: Jane Chapman
“Baby sleeps as
Stars on high,
Twinkle to the
Time to sleep now,
One and all.
Laura Sassi rhymes in her children’s book, Goodnight, Manger.
~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-two-page board book with rounded corners and a padded front cover targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy the story of Jesus’s birth. With expressive and colorful illustrations by Jane Chapman, short four to eight line rhymes are on almost all pages.
The simple story is told of Jesus as a baby in an animal stall. While the Christ child tries to rest, the animals, angels, and kings make so much racket, it is hard for Him to sleep. After Mary tells them to sing a soft song, Jesus and those nearby fall into a peaceful sleep.
~ Why ~
The artwork in this book is adorable, especially the chicken that offers her feathers for softness in the manger, jumps in alarm when the angels sing, or flies when the kings arrive. With its well-written rhyming, it has a theme about the manger being the place for baby Jesus to sleep.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus or the true Christmas story will not approve of this book. I questioned having a young reader think Mary told the angels to be quiet when they were announcing our Savior’s birth and was frantic when the kings arrived as I cannot visualize or have not read either in Scripture. The story may promote that Jesus was a fussy baby who could not sleep and needed quietness.
~ Who ~
No information is offered regarding the author. Artist Chapman has illustrated over one hundred books and lives with her family in Southern England.
~ Wish ~
Although I loved the rhyming often written without proper sentence structure and the illustrations, I wish the story did not depict Jesus as a crying baby that needed a quiet song to fall asleep.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book about baby Jesus trying to sleep, this may work for you, but I did not care for its connotations.
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