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The Midnight Visitors Hardcover – September 27, 2015
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About the Author
Juliet David has written many children s stories and Bible activity books. Her other interests include painting, music, and travel to Israel and other Bible lands. This experienced author lives in London with her family.
Jo Parry trained at Bournemouth Arts Institute before becoming a full-time artist. She illustrates mainly greetings cards, fine art, and children s books, adapting her fun, colorful style to each of these genres. She creates her characteristic style using an Apple Mac, and is fulfilling a lifelong dream working as an illustrator. Jo lives in Bournemouth, on England s south coast.
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The Christ child is born and "Miriam moves from her warmed spot in the hay to make room for them." Miriam hears beautiful music (no angels are seen).. Then three shepherds visit.
So Miriam's barn sees Midnight Visitors.
This is definitely a story to categorize as folklore and definitely a diversion from the Biblical record of the Birth of Christ the Savior. Juliet David and Jo Parry have teamed up to create a sweet story. Many will enjoy it. Purists will not.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Publication to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
"The Midnight Visitors" by Juliet David tells the story of Jesus' birth from the viewpoint of the animals in the stable. Miriam was just getting ready to settle in for the night in her cowshed when she hears a knock at the door. It was the rabbit family looking for a warm and safe place to stay. Not one to turn away someone in need, Miriam tells the rabbits that they can stay and so begins a series of visitors into Miriam's humble home.
The Innkeeper opens the door late into the night to let a man and his wife who was expecting a baby into the stable. When the baby is born, Miriam is filled with pride when the new parents use her feeding trough for the baby's cradle, and she learns from the shepherds that this little baby is someone very special. It will be a night that Miriam will never forget.
The author never mentions the names of any of the characters in the story, which may add confusion to someone who doesn't already know the story, but my children recognized it at the Nativity story as soon as the Mary and Joseph entered the story. The kids loved the new twist to the story. We often hear the story as told from the shepherds points of view but rarely do we hear it from the point of view of the animals in the stable.
My children felt that the author should have included the wise-men into the story, but I explained to them that perhaps they haven't arrived just yet. The children were also curious about the beautiful music that Miriam heard, after a few minutes they figured out that was probably the Angels singing.
The illustrator, Jo Parry, did an absolutely lovely job on the images for this story. They have a soft and cuddly feel to them, making it perfect for bedtime. The kids had fun finding the lady bugs and butterflies that were found most of the pages.
I love how relatable the story is to my children. While the names of several of the characters were names (Freddy, Rita, and Ron) that wouldn't be found in Bethlehem they are names my children recognize. I enjoyed the boldness of the shepherds as they ran in and exclaim, "Sorry, Lady!" This is how I pictured the shepherds, just a little too rough around the edges.
"The Midnight Visitors" is a beautiful story of the birth of Jesus' told through the eyes of Miriam the cow. It would be a wonderful Christmas gift for children of all ages.
*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of "The Midnight Visitors" from NetGalley.
Of course, this book is not biblical, but there are many other fiction tales that brilliantly exhibit the essence of Christmas. We can all identify with the little drummer boy, right, but of course, we know that there was no drummer boy at the actual birth. One of my favorites as a child was GOLDEN BOOKS' LITTLE LOST ANGEL. Decades later, I still love that story. This new title by Juliet David and Jo Parry will make wonderful stocking stuffers (although it WON'T fit into the stocking) or Sunday School exchange gifts for younger kids. If would also be a great gift to a Christian Daycare or Preschool class. Don't forget to make reading and stories part of your Christmas tradition with your family, especially the younger ones. If you want them to understand the message of Christ and love and peace, you need to tell them that again and again, and in many forms, and on their level of understanding. I received a copy of MIDNIGHT VISITOR from Kregel Publications for my honest review.
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