In 1999, author Timothy Penland was asked to share the true meaning of Christ's Birth to a small group of children. It was just a few days before Christmas. He sat at his desk and penned a poem that recounted the ancient story of how and why Jesus was born. The result was "The True Night Before Christmas. This book is a retelling of the Christmas Story with verse set to a simple rhyme and meter pattern. The hardcover book is richly illustrated by the author's granddaughter and is appropriate for all preschool and elementary-aged children. Written by Timothy Penland and illustrated by his granddaughter Savannah Joy Adams This is a hardcover book.