Disclosure: I received a sample copy of this book for review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.
December, and with it, the holiday season, have arrived in full force! I still haven't wrapped any books to get started with my gift-wrapped book tradition this year, but the kids don't seem to mind. They're happy to read books of any kind, at any time! I'm excited to tell you about the latest addition to my Christmas book collection: The Midnight Visitors.
This sweet picture book, written by Juliet David and with illustrations by Jo Parry, is a glimpse into the story of the first Christmas from an interesting new perspective: the animals in the stable where Mary and Joseph find themselves in Bethlehem. Miriam the cow is our protagonist and we watch as she welcomes lots of little refugees to her barn - rabbits, foxes, mice. The stable is almost all filled up by the time the innkeeper introduces Mary and Joseph to their home for the night.
Some of the animals stay asleep, but most of them are wide awake as the baby Jesus is born, the shepherds arrive seeking Jesus, and the star shines brightly in the sky. My kids, especially my daughter, love animals and we have fun counting the number of creatures on each page.
The illustrations are warm and charming and the text is easy to read. The words don't rhyme, but they have a nice flow. I'm glad to have a book in our collection that features the story of Jesus' birth with a spin that kids find intriguing. The tale of Miriam the cow's kindness and her willingness to share her barn is helpful for building character at the preschool stage of life. This one will stay in my Christmas advent book collection for sure!
The Midnight Visitors is available for purchase now from various retailers. Retail price is $14.99.
What's your favorite children's Christmas book?