From Publishers Weekly
"The cumulative, rhyming story will entice younger readers with its sing-song read-aloud rhythm and attention to the animals in the manger, while Gaber's rich acrylics capture the bustle and excitement of the holy night," said PW. Ages 3-6.
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This cumulative rhyme offers a charming introduction to the nativity story. It describes the place where Jesus was born--the stable and animals--his parents, the visit from the shepherds, and the appearance of the angels. The strength of the book is the repetition in the text, which never becomes sing-songy. In the first half of the book, the rhyme steadily builds, beginning each line with "This is . . ." In the second half, it's reversed, ending at the beginning. Younger listeners may not understand a phrase or word here and there, but the illustrations should keep them focused on the actions. The sweetest of the many warm and earthy paintings is at the center of the book. It shows the newborn Christ being admired by three little kittens. Even the endpapers tell a part of the story. A good selection for larger collections. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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