- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 5, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0698116615
- ISBN-13: 978-0698116610
- Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.2 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Friendly Beasts: an old English Christmas Carol Paperback – October 5, 1998
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Presently, I am using the miniature picture of a paperback cover, as the original library binding from 1981 is no longer available; I want you to see, at least, the cover illustration to make my point.
The Friendly Beasts is an old English Christmas Carol, with individual verses presented in the voice of one of the animals who gave "of himself or herself" to the Christ Child. Whether it was the hay for the manger, the wool for the Baby Jesus' blanket, the ride up the hill on its back, or the cooing lullaby that put Jesus to sleep that wonderful night, each animal gave a gift of his own. So, too, each of us has some gift to give to others; no two people have the same gift, nor can the two people give in the same way.
Every animal (beast) gave to the baby, a gift of himself. Each beast's gift is sung in a verse of this song. For the young child who already dabbles in reading music, there is one page of sheet music to play this song.
Artistically illustrated, the paintings for this book were done on handmade water color paper; the artist used transparent inks for the paintings, and hand lettered the type. This book was illustrated 29 years ago, but remains to be a classic. Give it a look!
Tomie dePaola is one author who just has a beautiful and simple heart that shines through his works. The artwork is gentle yet amazingly simplistic yet heartfelt at the same time. It allows you to go into an ethnically different world while yet still being a part of the human race when you close the book.
In this particular book the story can be either read or sang (there are the actual lyrics and notes for the music in the back after the story) so it could be a fun book that could be read twice over. Furthermore there are three choir boys who lead the reader onto their adventure of exploring the Nativity from the viewpoint of those who have no voice.
Although we see the illustrations as being an reenactment of the Nativity it isn't the humans who are doing the talking part. Instead each animal included in the special event announces how it has helped the Christ Child so that no present seems too small or too indirect. All in all a beautiful message to share in the holiday season.