Lovely book! I'm starting my CHRISTmas reading off early this year with this sweet little childrens book! The illustrations are absolutely beautiful! The rhymes are sweet and well written! And I really enjoy the addition of scripture below each rhyme! The only thing that I REALLY wish had been done differently was for the authors to only use one translation of scripture instead of 3. And I would have also written the Z differently, but maybe that's just me! ;) I truly LOVE how Biblically correct they tried to be with the kings not coming at the time the shepherds did, and I was really happy that they chose to go all the way through including Elizabeth, Simeon, and Anna. Overall I think this is a sweet and lovely read to get for your child and read to them each CHRISTmas! :) Songs: "Silent Night" performed by Kelly Clarkson feat. Reba McEntire & Trisha Yearwood Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC Luke 2 ~ASC *I requested and received this book from Tyndale for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about M is for Manger. ~ASC
“Mary gently wrapped her son, then rested in the shed. She placed the newborn Savior in a MANGER for his bed,” Crystal Bowman and Terry McKinley write in their children’s book, M is for Manger. ~ What ~ This sixty-four-page hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy alphabet stories correlated to Jesus’s birth in the Bible. With no scary scenes, the illustrations show the angel telling Mary she is with child through Christ’s birth and Anna seeing her Savior in the Temple in alphabetical order. The NLT, NIrV, ICB, and GW versions of the Holy Bible are referenced. The book has a large letter on the left side of each page with a four-line rhyme on the right side, capitalizing all letters in the word that matches the corresponding letter. A written out Bible verse is italicized below the poem. ~ Why ~ I like how the book that concentrates on Christmas using rhymes that are simple and effective. They rudimentary explain topics such as Joseph dreaming, Mary visiting Elizabeth, Jesus being holy, the inn in Bethlehem, peace on earth, shepherds seeing the King, and the wise men journeying from afar. ~ Why Not ~ I could not find anything negative about the book except maybe the circle pictures on the pages with the wording are small. The most detailed designs are incorporated into the alphabet pages. ~ Who ~ Author Bowman has written over eighty children’s books. She lives in Florida with her husband. Author McKinley has coauthored several books; she and her husband live in Texas. Illustrator Keay lives in the United Kingdom with her two children and loves drawing pictures for children. ~ Wish ~ I wish pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence, but this issue did not affect ratings as it is something I always recommend if missing. ~ Want ~ If you are looking for a clever book that has the alphabet with the chronological story of Jesus’s birth, this is a keeper. Thanks to the Tyndale House Publishing for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
In this Christmas abecedary, Bowman and McKinley use sturdy rhymed couplets, accompanied by Biblical quotes and citations, to retell the nativity story both chronologically and alphabetically. On left-hand pages framed by tidy botanical borders, Keay paints large capital letters and the people or events discussed (Joseph takes a hammer to the letter C on an early page); Bowman’s rhymes and Bible verses appear opposite (“A carpenter named Joseph/ chose Mary for his wife./ The news that Mary told him/ would soon change Joseph’s life”). Concrete, nativity-specific words (inn, manger, wise men) share space with terms (king, ruler, savior) that emphasize Jesus’ role: “Though he was just a baby,/ he was born to be a king./ Jesus will reign forever,/ and heaven and earth will sing!” Doll-like characterizations and a soft pastel palette bolster this soothing introduction to the story of Jesus’ birth.