Kid Review – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Christmas Picture Book

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About the Book

Book: ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus

Author: Donna Wyland

Genre: Picture Book

Release date: Fall 2021

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‘Twas the Night Before Jesus is a beautifully illustrated picture book that introduces children to the life of Jesus and God’s promise of an eternal home in heaven. As the melodic rhyme carries children through Jesus’s birth, death and resurrection, they come to understand the true meaning of Christmas.

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My Review

Wyland, Donna. ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus. Illustrated by Courtney Smith. Plymouth, MA: Elk Lake Publishing, 2021. 

‘Twas the Night Before Jesus is written in the same cadence as the famous tale ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Donna Wyland tells the life story of Jesus in this new book. I appreciate that she doesn’t stop with just the Christmas story but tells the entire story of Christ from birth to Ascension in a way that younger children will be able to understand.

Courtney Smith chose a whimsical style for her illustrations. I appreciate the fact that while there are characters whose skin is very white, Smith used a darker pigment for Jesus’ skin tones in most of the pictures which depict Him. 

‘Twas the Night Before Jesus could find a place in a K-12 Christian School library. It is a book that can be enjoyed year-round but especially at Christmas and Easter. It could also find a place in church, classroom, or home libraries. It is appropriate for preschoolers and elementary-aged children.

I received a complimentary copy of ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus. This is my honest review. 

About the Author – Donna Wyland

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Donna Wyland is an Award-winning author, editor, and coach who believes in writing books that entertain, encourage, and inspire. Her bestselling children’s book, Your Home in Heaven, sold thousands of copies and was gifted to more than 4,000 children around the world through churches, schools, and various ministry organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Reprinted in 2020 by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., Your Home in Heaven has become a classic story that shares the love of God and the hope of heaven with an increasing number of children. If I Could Ask Jesus, Donna’s premier Christian bedtime story is bringing young hearts closer to God, too.

Donna lives in Ohio with her husband and a couple of bunnies that hide under the bushes outside. She loves to read, ski, jump on the trampoline with her grandson, and cross items off of her personal Bucket List.

More from Donna

Donna Wyland’s love for God and for Christmas inspired her to write ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus. Only recently did she discover how many websites offer Happy Birthday Jesus items to help families, Sunday schools, and more to celebrate the real reason for the season. Children of all ages have read and reviewed ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus. It received a rousing 5 stars! Glory to God! You can find some fun resources here!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Donna is giving away the grand prize package of a hardcover copy of the book and an online $50 Magnolia Market gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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One comment

  1. Donna, ‘Twas the Night Before Jesus sounds like a wonderful children’s book for my grandkids and I love the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Jane for sharing your review! Have a magical holiday season!

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