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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (June 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802853978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802853974
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 10.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donna on August 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
MARY'S SONG, written by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn, is not just a children's book, nor is it simply "another" nativity story. It is a work of art told from the perspective of a young mother.

It begins, "It wasn't the angel Gabriel." What wasn't? The next line ("His voice was so quiet-soft...") gives readers a bit of a clue. From Hopkins's inspired viewpoint, the Annunciation, journey to Bethlehem, and birth of Jesus are quiet. But then, visitors arrive and animals get noisy and all Mary wants is to be alone with her child.

Finally..."Quiet." And in that quiet, a mother rocks her newborn, sings to him, wonders what will happen as he grows up. Mary feels and shows that overwhelming, unconditional love we give our children. The ending is especially precious; all parents will recognize the truth and emotion reflected on that last page.

It's not only Hopkins's text that will captivate your heart. Alcorn's illustrations look like they belong in a museum. He has captured tender, innocent mother-child moments with softness and grace, using a unique combination of colored pencil, pastel, and watercolor.

Looking for a Christmas gift that will be treasured by both children and adults? This is it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E Schaeffer on August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This endearingly tender picture book, written by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn, tells the story of Christmas through the heart, eyes, and ears of Mary. Lee Bennett Hopkins, a masterful poet and storyteller, has managed to capture the exquisite longing of a new mother to silence the world for just awhile as she takes in the wonder and the promise of her newborn. Stephen Alcorn's illustrations with their gentle colors and soft edges work seamlessly with the text to envelope the reader in a sense of peace and joy. This is not just a Christmas book, but also a book for new mothers at any time of the year.
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