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November 11, 2015

Wee Read Wednesday: Goodnight, Manger

Wee Read Wednesday: Goodnight, Manger
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 hosannas, and three kings bearing noisy gifts, it's just too loud. Finally, Mama finds a way for everyone to work together to shepherd baby Jesus into peaceful dreams under the twinkling stars.

With sweet, rhyming text in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and Goodnight, Ark, 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 nativity story.

My Thoughts:
Have you ever tried to get your baby to sleep in a crowded environment when all the sounds and movements keep them awake? Can you imagine trying to do that in a stable with all the animals and the visitors that must have come to visit baby Jesus?

This book puts a fun spin on bedtime for Mary and Joseph trying to get their precious baby to sleep. Animals are bumping into things, angels are singing, and the Wiseman are knocking on the door. Of course, baby Jesus finally falls to sleep and everyone is there to see it.

This is a fun book to read with small children. It helps introduce the story of Jesus in the manger, and provides a good bedtime book to help them fall asleep each night. The ‘Goodnight’ series is one that we really enjoy at our house, and this book is a great addition to our collection.

About the Author
Laura Sassi has a passion for telling humorous stories in rhyme. She writes daily from her century-old home in New Jersey where she lives with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie.

About the Illustrator
Jane Chapman is a multi award-winning artist who has illustrated over one hundred books including five New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Southern England with her husband, Tim Warnes, two children and five chickens. Visit Jane Chapman at