Max loves babies.
He sticks his face into other babies’ strollers when we’re at the playground; he picked out his own baby doll before he was a year old; and when Daddy asks him whether he wants a doggie or a baby, Momma likes his answer.
One version of the Christmas story I’ve read to Max lately, “On a Silent Night” written by Joy Morgan Davis, does a wonderful job of showcasing Jesus and his mother’s love as it introduces little ones to the main points of Jesus’ birth:
- God sent his son to be born to a woman on Earth.
- The mother and the Wise Men cherished the son.
- The son’s purpose is to save all of God’s children.
So, subject-wise, I really love this book for Max.
On another point, if you’ve read some of my past reviews of children’s books that rhyme, you know I’m a little annoyed when rhymes are easy to stumble over. This Bible Rhyme Story Time short is of course in rhyme, but I haven’t found myself having to reread any lines due to awkward syntax. That, I appreciate!
Paige Billin-Frye illustrated the Christmas story, and her style is very attractive. The cartoon drawings remind me of projects I used to do in God’s Little Church, where we cut out characters and scenes from felt and recreated the stories. She especially grabs Max’s attention given that three of the seven spreads focus on baby Jesus and Mary.
A note from the Editor appears at the end of the story, saying “[The book] was written to help little ones understand about God and who He is, what He does, and how he wants to be involved in our lives. As you read this book and talk about the Bible story, explain to your child that God loves all people – big and small.”
For that sentiment, as well as all those other reasons, “On a Silent Night” deserves 5 snacks: