Saturday, November 7, 2015

Midnight Visitors - a bookwrap







Before you know it Christmas will be knocking at our door and our homes will be filled with lights, decorations and laughter.  It is a time of the year when people generously give to others from their hearts and celebrate with feasts and festivities.  How did it all come about?  Why do we do this? It's a birthday party of course.  It's the birth of Jesus and Christians all over the world party hearty to proclaim his birth.  Today's book gives a wonderful new perspective on this special night this special baby came into the world...




Unwrapping ...






Written by Juliet David

Illustrated by Jo Parry

Ages 2-4




Unwrapping the illustrations...


The illustrations are colourful, soft and quite dreamy looking.  The  animals portrayed are truly adorable and any child will fall in love with them at first glance.  The pictures ooze harmony, togetherness and love that the reader can sense and appreciate as they read through the story. Take a peek and see if you agree...











































My review...



This sweet tale is about the birth of a very special baby boy as seen through the eyes of a cow named Miriam.  On a very cold and dark night she is tucked away in her cowshed but she can't help but notice how busy the little town is with copious crowds of people.  As she settles herself down for the night she hears a tap, tap, tap at her door and a family of rabbits are waiting, shivering outside.  They humbly request if they can come in out of the freezing cold as their little boy has a very nasty cough and needs some place warm to sleep.  Miriam graciously invites them in and they at once snuggle down in the dry hay in a corner and are off to dreamland.

But that is just the beginning of the parade of callers that want to seek shelter that night and go to kind Miriam for help.  A fox gains entry next and finds himself surrounded by a variety of other tiny creatures that already reside there. Everyone settles in for a good night's slumber.

The innkeeper then brings two young people and shows them around offering them safe sanctuary in the stable because all his other rooms are full.  To Miriam's surprise she discovers the young woman is expecting a baby... and very, very soon. Miriam moves her warm body aside to make room for the couple to sleep and to her delight and joy a baby boy is born right there in the cowshed beside her.  

Is that the last guests that will enter her warm abode that night?  Is that the end of the tale?  

No, more visitors file in that night, unexpected ones who come because they are guided by angels to do so.  Everyone, animals and humans alike know that something truly special has transpired on that magical night. When the little baby boy is birthed into the world they know they have witnessed a true Christmas miracle, one that they will never ever forget and will pass on to many generations to come.  




About the author...




Juliet David has written many children's stories and Bible activity books. Her other interests include painting, music, and travel to Israel and other Bible lands. This experienced author lives in London with her family.




About the illustrator...







Jo Parry trained at Bournemouth Arts Institute before becoming a full-time artist. She illustrates mainly greetings cards, fine art, and children s books, adapting her fun, colorful style to each of these genres. She creates her characteristic style using an Apple Mac, and is fulfilling a lifelong dream working as an illustrator. Jo lives in Bournemouth, on England's south coast.




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