Thursday, November 17, 2016

Where Jesus Slept (By: Norma Lewis)

My boys love books about Christmas. They especially love them if they tell the true story of Christmas that includes Jesus' birth. In the new book, Where Jesus Slept, Norma Lewis brings to life the stable where the Messiah was born. Katy Hudson, the illustrator, did a beautiful job of giving animating each scene.

The story begins with the straw that Jesus slept in. Then come the animals and Mary, Jesus' mother. The shepherd and angel and wise men are all there too. The story builds as you read on and is repetitive (which my boys LOVED). The repeating words help children with their vocabulary and reading skills. Some of the words are in all caps. That gave me the idea to use those particular words for copy work with my kids.

I truly think this book is adorable. I appreciate the fact that actual Bible verses are included at the beginning and the end of the book. When a child knows that what they are reading is based off of actual events from the Bible it becomes more real to them. My kids understand that some stories are completely made up but the Bible is God's true word to us. The story of Jesus being the most important of them all.

Having the story repeat was very helpful with having my oldest son (he is 8 and just learned to read not long ago) the chance to read to his brothers. Since the same words were on each page as the story built up to the end, he could easily identify the words and sound them out.

I will be reading this book each Christmas (especially on Christmas Eve). It is a sweet story and puts Jesus back into the meaning of Christmas. He is the Messiah who was born in Bethlehem in the city of David. No matter how much we try to secularize Christmas, Jesus is still at the heart of it and the reason for the day. His birth brought the world great hope and love. We must never forget that and Where Jesus Slept gives children a glimpse of what that night was like.

The recommended ages are between 4 and 7. I have a 3 year old and an 8 year old (with a 6 year old in the middle) and they all enjoyed it. Kids young and old will enjoy this book.

If you need an idea for a gift for Christmas for a little one, Where Jesus Slept is a great one. It brought joy to us as we read the sweet words of Jesus' glorious birth through a child's point of view.

*Many thanks to Propeller Consulting for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*

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