Monday, December 14, 2015

{Book} Review: M is for Manger

Disclosure: I received this product free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. Your opinions and results may vary.

Every year we add at least one new book to our Christmas book collection.  This year it was this book, M is for Manger, by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley. It's almost too young for my kids, but then, are you ever really too old for sweet rhymes and gorgeous illustrations?

About the Book

Travel through the alphabet with this beautiful rhyming storybook that tells the story of Jesus’ birth. Begin with the angel who tells Mary that she is God’s chosen vessel and follow along until you reach the zillions of stars that paled in comparison to the star that announced the birthplace of the newborn King. Beautifully illustrated and written, this book will be a classic for parents to read to their children every Christmas season.

M is for Manger
Written by Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley
Illustrated by Claire Keay
ISBN: 978-1496401953
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
64 pages

What I Thought

M is for Manger is a very sweet book for children ages 2 to 7 or so.  It's not a board book, so be careful with kids younger than 2.  My copy is a beautiful hardback book with the most gorgeous illustrations, one for each letter of the alphabet.  My 9-year-old read it to herself and about halfway through she stopped and said, "I wonder what they'll do for X!?"  She was pleased when she got to it. (Don't worry, I won't spoil the surprise!)

The book tells the true story of Christmas one letter at a time.  The poetry is sweet, but it's the illustrations that really make this book. I'm a sucker for gorgeous artwork in kids books!  In fact, I loved the artwork so much that I looked up the illustrator online. Her website doesn't seem to work, but I found her on Twitter @claire_keay.  (To be honest, I was hoping I would find out how to pronounce her last name!)

This probably won't be on my top ten list of favorite Christmas books, but it is a sweet one to add to your Christmas library especially if you already own most of the well-known classics.

Find it from the publisher here or on Amazon.  

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