From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2–This plodding poem never manages to convey the wondrous awe to which the author alludes. Then when we talk of wondrous awe,/no matter what we see,/let's think back in wondrous awe, and/there will Christmas be. Brown's vibrant, if somewhat static, paintings show a multiethnic group of children and adults getting costumed and ready for the traditional pageant, while the leaden couplets try to coax readers into thinking about the true meaning of the holiday. The disconnect between the words and the more engaging illustrations limit the appeal of this offering.
Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
About the Author
New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.
Growing up, I traced sports stars from newspapers, was fascinated by illustrations in magazines, and chose the books I read by the cover art. Thirty years later, I have painted major leaguers, seen my work in magazines, and may have influenced someone’s purchase of a book with my artwork. Some people tell me I’m still just a little boy.