Reverent ‘Listen to the Silent Night’ is near perfect


“LISTEN TO THE SILENT NIGHT,” by Dandi Daley Mackall, Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson, Dutton, Oct. 13, 2011, $16.99 (ages 3 and up)

“In our hearts, find a silence in the middle of the noise,
With the bustling of our Christmas and the clattering of toys.
Help us slip into the silence, filled with hallelujah joys
On not such a silent night.”

Many think of the night of Jesus’ birth as silent, peaceful. But, as author Dandi Daley Mackall points out in “Listen to the Silent Night,” Jesus’ birthday was full of sound.

As Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem, they hear the who, who, who of an owl and the flip, flap, flap of Joseph’s sandals. Horses neigh and growing crowds search for their own lodgings. Joseph’s rap, tap, tap sounds on the inn door and barn animals noisily welcome Mary to their home. Wise men travel in the desert and sheep baa on the hill. Angel wings rustle as a wondrous message is spread and a shout rings out as Baby Jesus makes his presence known.

Mackall looks at the Nativity in a beautifully simplistic and natural way. Her lyrical prose adds an almost hush to the noises that surround the night. The reverence with which she tells the story is rare and near perfect. Illustrations by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson elegantly tie the story together into a harmonious whole. If you don’t already have it, this is one book you’ll want to add to your Christmas collection.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

1 Comment

  1. I love to add at least one Christmas book to my collection every year, and now I think I know which one I’ll choose this year. (Well, actually, I think I’m going to do this one and the Jan Brett Night Before Christmas.) Thanks for the review!

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