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Christmas in the Manger Board book – October 22, 1998
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From the Back Cover
The gentle beauty of the story of the first Christmas is now available as a board book. With a simple, lyrical text and radiant artwork, this book is perfect for the youngest child to be a part of the wonder of the Nativity.
About the Author
Nola Buck (the pen name of Laura Godwin) is the author of many well-loved children's books, including Christmas in the Manger. With Ann M. Martin she also coauthored The Doll People, The Runaway Dolls, and The Meanest Doll in the World. She now lives in New York City but grew up in Alberta, Canada, and has fond Christmas Eve memories of watching Eeyore, the family donkey, play a part in the live Christmas pageant in her hometown.
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Cute illustrations and simple but accurate Christmas message about baby Jesus. My daughter loves saying "baby Jesus!" at his picture on the last page.
The rhyming is cute too- "we are the wise men, gifts we bring, for baby Jesus, our newborn king"
Still, I wanted to provide her with a very simple introduction to the Jesus part of Christmas. I had some trouble finding a book about the nativity--winter is good, and we wanted books about that too. Snowmen are okay, and we like books about those, too...Santa Claus can wait for later. But we needed a very simple, very basic book about Christ being born.
This is that book!
This isn't about symbols of Christmas, or Santa, or winter--it's just the nativity. The book is kind of plain; on the right side of each page is a drawing of something (in the style of the drawing on the cover) and on the left page is a simple rhyme about it. The book goes through several animals and ends with Mary and then Jesus.
It's simple, and sweet, and just perfect.
At 4.5 months old now, my daughter loves books and trying to grab objects in the pictures. I read this to her when we got it, to see what she thought of it, and she liked it. So, there is enough going on to keep her interested. Now we'll go back to reading our Thanksgiving board books for another couple weeks, and then I'll pull out the winter ones and this Christmas book.
I'm glad we have this for her first Christmas, but I'm kind of excited to read it to her next year, and the following year, because she'll understand more and we'll be able to talk about more things.
If you want to share Christmas with any little one, I highly, highly recommend this book. It is sweet and totally focused on the nativity.