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Friday 12 December 2014

Review: One Night

On Christmas Eve, just before midnight, when the world is quiet and still, the farmyard animals talk to each other and remember the special role the animals played on the very first Christmas.

In this gorgeous Christmas picture books from Penny Matthews and Stephen Michael King, children get to revisit the first Christmas from the perspective of the animals present in the stable that night.

Sharing stories handed down through the generations, the farmyard animals recall what each animal contributed on that special night – the owl that saw the star, the donkey that carried the baby’s mother, the horse who gave up its stall and stood guard, the sheep who provided the wool for the baby’s first blanket, and more.

A lovely way to reflect on the events in the stable central to the Christmas story, One Night is the perfect bedtime story for Christmas Eve. The story takes the focus away from presents and decorations and the busyness of the holiday season and instead highlights spending time together sharing special memories and remembering the nativity story in a very gentle way that emphasises the value of small acts of service for others.

One Night is sure to become a special Christmas bedtime story tradition for many families.

There are teachers' notes available for this book.

Title: One Night
Author: Penny Matthews
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Scholastic, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781742990279
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book