B. G. Hennessy

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It’s Beginning to Feel a lot like Christmas!

In Books by B. G. Hennessy, Story Behind the Book on December 2, 2010 at 10:27 pm


Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Simply and reverently, this book recounts the story of Jesus’ birth. The spare text and luminous paintings capture the feeling and wonder of that first night for children and adults alike. Published in eight languages from Afrikaans to Zulu, French to Xhosa, and reprinted in Parents Magazine, THE FIRST NIGHT is now available in a new hardcover edition.

From the author

I wrote this story when my sons were very young. The Christmas story seemed very unreal to them with its kings and gold and flying angels. In my telling, I kept to the very simpliest elements to capture the wonder and love of a new mother and father for a most beloved new baby.





”This Nativity tale evokes a pleading sense of mystery. Understated language conveys the essential awe of this and all other births…” – Publisher’s Weekly

”A lyrical and balanced text… endpapers surround the story with a joyful note of celebration and highlight the simplicity within.” – School Library Journal

”…an elegantly simple introduction to the Nativity…conveys the beauty, warmth and wonder of Jesus’ birth.” – Notes from the Windowsill

”Glows with childlike innocence and joy… hauntingly beautiful”  The Horn Book