Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thank You, Lord, For Everything / Goodnight, Manger

Thank You, Lord, For Everything 

Board book

September 1, 2015

Author: P J Lyons 

Illustrator: Tim Warnes

Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • 16 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310748120
  • Reviewed by Kaeli

Love surrounds you, beauty, too.
Notice how God blesses you!
Clap your hands, shout and sing:
Thank you, Lord, for everything.
A comfortable and relaxing rhyme tells the story of God’s great blessings in this padded cover board book. P.J. Lyons’ engaging text and Tim Warnes’ playful illustrations remind readers how much they have to be thankful for.

My thoughts: I love, love, loved this book. It was cute with beautiful pictures, rhymes, and it is a good cuddle book for Mom (Dad, Grandparents, other relatives) to read to their favorite child. It was easy for me to read by myself, but Mom read this one to me for a bedtime story (though it isn't a bedtime book) and it was great.  If you have a favorite child, this would be a great Halloween treat (if you celebrate that holiday) or a good book for Thanksgiving when you go visit family. Recommended. 


Goodnight, Manger 


October 6, 2015

by Laura Sassi  (Author) 

Jane Chapman (Illustrator) 

4 - 8 years

  • 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz 
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310745563

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 ofGoodnight, Goodnight Construction SiteGoodnight, 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.

My thoughts:   I'm not sure what to say.  A cute story on it's own, but it shouldn't have been centered around Christ's birth. Biblically incorrect, it was rather an insult to believing parents. I recognize that Jesus was born in a manger, in a stable. I do not believe that the stable scene was a circus that night. This book made it into a three-ring circus with everything going wrong and disturbing the baby, Mary, and Joseph.  A cute bedtime story if you don't care about biblical inaccuracy. 

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