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Author: Sally Lloyd-Jones

Illustrator: Jackie Morris

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Publisher: Little Brown and Company,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Poetic verse and gallery-quality illustrations celebrate the arrival of baby Jesus. This is a seasonal poem about the birth of Christ.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 1.7

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: About half-way through the reading, our child seemed to get bored. S/He looked at the illustrations, but wasn't interested in talking about them.

Adult Reader Reaction: This was a disappointment. The illustrations clearly focus on the poem as a celebration of the birth of Christ, but the poetry is lacking. In spots it is generic enough that it could be used to recognize any child's birth, but it also has very specific religious references.

Pros: The book offers beautiful, gallery-quality illustrations of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem and the celebration of Jesus Christ's birth.

Cons: The book tries to speak to the birth of Christianity and the arrival of every child, but in doing so, it falls short of creating a moving, personal connection.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. The illustrations make this an incredible book that you can share with your kids. They are vivid and expressive enough that you can tell the Christmas story in your own words.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BABY JESUS (Baby's First Bible Stories)   ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN   YOU WILL BE MY BABY EVEN WHEN

Educational Themes: The book is an illustrated teling of the Nativity story, but it also offers a means of talking about your own child's arrival.

Literary Categories: Fiction - Christmas, family, poetry, picture book, Christian

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