Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Midnight Visitors by Juliet David, illustrated by Jo Parry

About the Book:

Miriam was glad to be warm and cozy. There were so many people in the town but it was nice and peaceful inside her cowshed. Little did she know that she would soon be joined by Midnight Visitors . . . and not just any old visitors!

Snuggle up and enjoy the warm, soft feel the art and narrative bring to this delightful Christmas picture book with a difference.

My Thoughts:

What an adorable book!  "The Midnight Visitors" is the story of Jesus' birth as viewed by the animals, but it's more than that.  It's a book about hospitality, about kindness, about generosity and about perspective.

Miriam lives in the cowshed.  She's nice and cozy in her hay, and other animals come knocking, needing shelter from the weather.  Miriam takes care to make sure all are taken care of and everyone respects everyone.

The surprise visitors are Mary, Joseph and the baby yet to be born.  The shepherds and the wise men also make an appearance, but viewing the events through the eyes of the animals gives a fresh sense of innocence and wonder to the story.

The illustrations are colorful and whimsical, and my 6 year old grandson loved the book!  My thanks to my friends at Lion Hudson for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Highly recommended, and available now.

Happy Reading!



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