The first page asks "Who did Mary meet?" Lift the tabbed picture of a young biblical shepherd and you'll find the answer: "An angel," along with a drawing of one.
The next two page spread asks: "Where did baby Jesus sleep?" The answer, under the tab, is "In a manger." Then, "Who did the shepherds visit?" "Baby Jesus." And so on, until the book ends with: "Everyone was happy when Jesus was born."
What I Like: I was pleasantly surprised by this little volume. First of all, the book is high quality. I've never seen such a thick, sturdy board book. Even the tabs, which are so often flimsy, are thick enough even the most rambunctious toddler couldn't tear them off. The concept of the book is also great, especially if you have a child who can't sit through your average nativity book. I also like the illustrations by Mike Byrne. They show cute, friendly people of any ethnicities and use lots of bold but attractive color.
What I Dislike: Nothing. Although you shouldn't expect this book to thoroughly explain the story of Jesus' birth. Think of it as a baby and toddler friendly introduction.
Publishing Info: Candle Books; 2012; ISBN: 978-1859859353; board book, 10 pgs., $9.99.
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