CM . . .
. Volume VIII Number 15 . . . . March 29, 2002
Adding balance to the wide array of children's "Christmas" picture books, this engaging retelling of the Nativity draws the reader back to the origins of this holiday. Through the use of gentle, springing rhythm, Grace Maccarone introduces the very young to the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Via the careful selection of only the most significant details of the original story, Maccarone has created a poetic version of the Nativity that will be readily enjoyed by young children.
"Mary and Joseph
Tired and worn,
Sam Williams captures this simplicity in the soft and colourful lines of his watercolour illustrations. In fact, the artistry is a wonderful complement to the text, sharing its gentleness and rhythm. The uncomplicated imagery and the short verse bring feeling and clarity to the events of Jesus' birth as they unfold. The tender faces of the human characters, particularly Mary and Joseph, and the rounded, friendly figures of the animals create a sense of warmth and welcome that will appeal to the very young.
Regardless of one's religious roots, this retelling is both sweet and moving.
Neigel is the Instruction Librarian at the University College of the
Cariboo in Kamloops, BC.
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