Where Jesus Slept Written by Norma Lewis Illustrated by Katy Hudson
About the book:
“This is the bed where Jesus slept. This is the straw that lined the bed where Jesus slept.” From here, the story builds with each spread, adding a new element and explaining the relationships among the participants and witnesses to the first Christmas. From Jesus sleeping sweetly to the wise men bringing gifts, this charming book reminds readers young and not-so-young of the joyous event we celebrate at Christmastime. Children will love the delightful illustrations and the engaging repetition in this cumulative tale.
It’s a hardcover book with 32 pages. It is for ages 4-7. The retail price is $16.99.
About the author:
Norma Lewis is the author of 10 books. She lives in Grand Haven, MI, with a marmalade cat named Scalawag. They both love spending time with her six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to twenty.
I always enjoy reviewing children’s books because my 9 year old son and I still enjoy reading together before bedtime, so I’m always looking for new books for us to read. My son, daughter and I were excited about getting to review this book because we all love Christmas! The cover of the book is so pretty! You can’t really tell from the picture above, but the hay has some special raised gold flecks in it, that really makes it sparkle and stand out.
The illustrations in this book are big and beautiful! There is just enough in the background, but not too much, so the pages aren’t too busy. The words are also a nice large size so it makes it easy for beginning readers to see.
Since this book is designed for ages 4-7, and my son is 9, he thought it was an okay book. My 18 year old daughter heard us reading the book, and she commented that it reminds her of the Old Lady that Swallowed a Fly because it repeats the lines over and over again on each page. Sometimes the younger age books are still enjoyable for my son to read, but because of this repetitive nature, we think this book is definitely just right for the 4-7 age range. It would be good for those kids learning to read because they could pick up on the repeating lines and be able to read them along with you.
I thought it was a cute story, and I thought the pictures were cute, especially the baby. I liked being reminded of how all the people/animals/events of the Christmas story are all linked together. It made me think of it in a new way.
If you want to check it out for yourself, you can go(This post includes some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.) to Where Jesus Slept. I think it would be a nice addition to your Christmas stories and would also make a great gift.
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