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A Christmas Goodnight

A Christmas Goodnight

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by Nola Buck

On a quiet but wondrous Christmas Eve, the nativity story comes to life, and families everywhere celebrate the miracle of Christmas.

Nola Buck's simple poetic text and tender illustrations by Sarah Jane Wright make this gentle holiday goodnight book a joy to read and share with those you love!


On a quiet but wondrous Christmas Eve, the nativity story comes to life, and families everywhere celebrate the miracle of Christmas.

Nola Buck's simple poetic text and tender illustrations by Sarah Jane Wright make this gentle holiday goodnight book a joy to read and share with those you love!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Christmas Eve calls for extra-strength bedtime books for excited kids, and Buck offers one that will go down sweetly (and lend itself to repetition). Saying good night takes place first in scenes set at the birth of Jesus, and then in a snowy contemporary location, where a child settles down to sleep by a Nativity display in his bedroom that includes the figures from the earlier illustrations. Buck (Christmas in the Manger) and debut illustrator Wright produce a book that deserves special status, to be kept off-season with other holiday decorations and then brought out each year at Christmas. Great for grandparents to give. Ages 2�5. (Oct.)
ALA Booklist
“A cozy holiday read; no doubt plenty of families will appreciate this gentle version of the Christmas story.”
The Horn Book
“The soothing rhyming text and soft palette of the illustrations is ideal for bedtime read-alouds while also serving as a straightforward introduction to the important characters in the story of that first Christmas. ”
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
The gentle rhythms and images of this Christmas lullaby book will soothe tots hopped up on excitement and remind them, in an age-appropriate way, that the holiday is about more than gifts and goodies. On the cover, a contemporary toddler in red footie pajamas is playing with the small figures in a manger. The initial pages then zoom in on the faces of the "baby in the hay," the "sleepy mother" and the cooing doves. Each page turn reveals new things that warrant a "good night," including the manger scene's donkey, calf and lamb and the angels, shepherds and wise men of the wider world. The final spreads reveal the child sleeping in bed beside the manger scene on his bureau. The pacing is masterful and the rhymes unforced and pleasing to the ear. This may well become the classic Christmas bedtime book in the mode of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A simple spin-off of Goodnight Moon with the scene shifting from the baby Jesus's birth in a barn to a modern child placing the manger figures by his window on Christmas Eve. The rhymes are straightforward ("Goodnight to the angel choir./Goodnight to the star above./Goodnight to the Holy Family./Goodnight to the ones we love."), and the colorful illustrations are sweet if somewhat generic. A quiet offering for those looking for a noncommercial take on the holiday.—Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

A preschool-age boy plays with his Nativity crèche figures on the cover of this quietly charming bedtime story that integrates the little boy's world with the Christmas Eve story of the birth of the Christ Child.

The soothing text follows the pattern of saying good night to each character and to some of the natural elements as well, in the manner of that other, most famous good-night story. He bids good night to each of the characters in the Nativity story, and then the text shifts to a snowy scene of a moonlit farm with a country church in the distance. ("Goodnight to the golden glowing moon" is a tip of the hat to the story's thematic predecessor.) The little boy reappears to put Baby Jesus to sleep in the manger, nicely tying the Nativity story to the child's personal world. Softly shaded, realistic illustrations are appealing in a quiet, pleasant way, with engaging touches. The little boy's stuffed lamb echoes the sheep appearing in both the Nativity scenes and in the final spread of the farm on Christmas morning, for instance. The double-page-spread format makes this a fine read-aloud for a group of little ones, but it's also a cozy choice as a December bedtime story.

A terrific introduction for preschoolers who are just learning about the Nativity story.(Picture book/religion. 2-5)

Pamela Paul
…features sweet-faced children and animals and an especially cozy-looking manger, which work well with Buck's graceful rhymes.
—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
9.28(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.36(d)
AD340L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Nola Buck (the pen name of Laura Godwin) is the author of many well-loved children's books, including Christmas in the Manger. With Ann M. Martin she also coauthored The Doll People, The Runaway Dolls, and The Meanest Doll in the World. She now lives in New York City but grew up in Alberta, Canada, and has fond Christmas Eve memories of watching Eeyore, the family donkey, play a part in the live Christmas pageant in her hometown.

Sarah Jane Wright is the creator of an original line of artwork that hangs in nurseries and children's bedrooms worldwide. A Christmas Goodnight is her first book for children. She grew up in the greater Washington, D.C., area, where her favorite Christmas Eve tradition was sleeping in the same room as her four siblings so they could all wake up together on Christmas morning. She now lives in Provo, Utah, with her husband and their three children.

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A Christmas Goodnight 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TheToymaker More than 1 year ago
This book touched my heart. Sarah Jane Wright's beautiful illustrations bring this story to life, from the warm expressions of the wise men, the loving faces of Mary and Joseph to the happiness of the animals in the manger. This is a Christmas book is filled with honest joy.