The Giving Manger {Review}

Disclosure: I received this complementary product through the Homeschool Review Crew

I would like to share with you a new tradition, found in The Giving Manger, book written by Allison Hottinger and illustrated by Emily King. We were blessed with a beautiful set which includes the book, a bound package of straw, a wooden manger to (easily!) assemble, and a carved wooden baby Jesus.

This book has a wonderful story about Anne and Ben, who wait all year for their father to make them a hand carved toy for Christmas. But this year, he tells them they are beginning a brand bnew tradition at the beginning of December! Imagine their disappointment when their father, on December 1st, presents them with a little wooden manger and says this will be their gift this year! He teaches them from the Bible about Jesus spending his entire life on Earth serving others, and tells them they will spend this month doing acts of service to others. That each time they do something kind for someone else, they may place a pice of the straw into the manger. He uses the scripture “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” This is Mathew 25:40b. They feel anger and frustration, until kind things begin happening to them.

This is a beautiful book! It is a large, hard cover book, with a matching paper jacket. The illustrations are gorgeous, cut pieces of paper laid out to form the picture. It reminds me a lot of paper piecing from my scrapbooking days.

One of the things that I always like to point out to my readers is when a resource uses scripture from the King James Version of The Bible. This is the only version my family uses in faith and practice, so this is very important to us.

You saw above how this set is packaged, making it a beautiful pre-Christmas gift! The only thing I have not yet showed you everything, though. Here is the babny Jesus, in the straw filled manger!

Isn’t it beautiful? Imagine how good your family will feel when they see this by Christmas, and know that it means they have performed acts of kindness all month for others!

At the end of the book is a two page section entitled “Manger Moments,” listing a good number of ides for acts of kindness, followed by a page called “Manger Memories,” where your family can record acts of kindness year by year.

This is a wonderful set, and I truly recommend it to you and your family.

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Several other Homeschool Review Crew families have been spending time with The Giving Manger. I invite you to go and read what they they thought of it here.


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