'Twas an Evening in Bethlehem

Children - Picture Book
24 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2023
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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite

‘Twas an Evening in Bethlehem by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt, with illustrations by Sierra Klein, is a luminous children’s picture book. We are transported to the night of Jesus’ birth, seen from the perspective of an innkeeper’s daughter. Told in the tradition of the beloved ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas poem, this story captures the wonder and joy at the birth of Jesus. Serene and ethereal images accompany gorgeous and lyrical rhymes. The innkeeper’s daughter senses something extraordinary will happen and does not want to miss a moment. The uncertainty of where Mary and Joseph will stay at this pivotal time is highlighted. Once Jesus is born, the awe and celebration of this wondrous occasion are beautifully captured and shared with us.

'Twas an Evening in Bethlehem by Jenelle Leanne Schmidt will delight readers of all ages. Filled with radiant descriptions and illustrations, children and their families will be comforted by the love, peace, and calm that Jesus’ birth brought to the world. This original and creative story conveys the anticipation and emotion of that holy night long ago. It will make a lovely Christmas gift and become a treasured addition to any library. Children will enjoy hearing this story from the young girl’s perspective as she excitedly prepares to assist the Holy family and then joyously greets the shepherds and all who came to exalt Jesus. Jenelle skillfully depicts humility and the astounding miracle of Jesus’ birth. This is a highly recommended read.