This First Christmas Night – Laura Godwin, illustrated by William Low


  This First Christmas Night – Laura Godwin, illustrated by William Low, Feiwel and Friends, (9781250081025), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? This is a lovely, lyrical retelling of the nativity story.  The text invites the reader right into the story:  “See this small gray donkey, this long dusty road, this promising star.” Later the reader is invited to use other senses:  “Feel the frost on this clear Bethlehem night,” “Hear the cattle lowing….”  The luminous digital illustrations perfectly complement the tone of the text.  A beautiful addition to the story of the nativity.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a good choice for a Christmas bedtime read.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Holiday Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?    No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 10/1/17             

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