Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift (HarperBlessings)
Jeannine Q. Norris
HarperCollins Publishers (2008)
ISBN 9780061479977
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (11/08)

“Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift” tells the story of the miracle of Christmas and how it began with a mother and her baby.  The book focuses on Mary holding her newborn and feeling the overwhelming love that every mother feels.  Repeated throughout the book is the phrase, “Tomorrow you will be King, But tonight you are my baby . . .”

Cayden:  “Is that Baby Jesus on the cover?  And his mommy?”

Max:  “Mommy riding horse!”

Cayden:  “It kind of looks like the pony that we rode today.”

Cayden:  After learning that it is a donkey:  “They rode him to the barn.  Look the donkey is kissing the baby!”

Cayden:  “I liked the story of baby Jesus when he was just born.  My favorite part of the book was when we kept saying the last part of what you said about “tonight you are my baby” before you read it!  I remembered it all of the time because it was in there a lot.  I liked the pictures of the animals too! “

Parent’s comments:
“Tonight You Are My Baby” takes a very sweet look at the bond between a mother and a child.  It is a wonderful story about the true meaning and miracle of Christmas.  My children really enjoyed the repetition of the phrases and both chimed in when I got to those parts in the book.  “Tonight You Are My Baby” by Jeannine Q. Norris would make a great Christmas book for any child in your life.

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