When it snowed that night, the stork saw the beckoning star, the turtle hitchhiked to the manger with the Kings, the dove sang "coo-roo," and the hog offered his curly tail to be pulled by the Baby Jesus as the animals gathered in the stable. This beautifully designed collection of nativity poems is also an enchanting ode to motherhood. Full color.
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Forget the legions of contrived tales about this animal or that making its way to the Manger; the late Farber (d. 1984), in an imaginative cycle of poems--whimsical, lyrical, and wise- -introduces a dozen creatures, follows their intersecting journeys, celebrates (in the title poem) the moment when they all help keep the melting snow from the Baby (``Cricket clung fast to a ceiling-hole,/Dove plugged a gap with his beak...Giraffe held his head against a crack...and the Three Grand Kings/raised a parasol...'') and, for balance, embellishes the story with three Queens who ``came late, but not too late,'' bringing ``a homespun gown of blue,/and chicken soup'' before hurrying home to their own children and chores. Farber's lucid, elegantly designed paintings glow with color and light, with just a touch of humor and another of awe. Lovely. (Poetry/Picture book. 4+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Ages 5-8. Presented in picture-book format, these short poems are first-person expressions of visitors to the Nativity, representing the points of view of animals who followed the Christmas star, Mary, three queens who came late, and a mother who didn't follow the star but tended her own baby instead. Traditionalists will be surprised to find a sloth making its way to Bethlehem, but the sloth's poem is one of the more effective, beginning, "As everyone knows, / I begin to begin to travel / when the wind blows.ÿ20/ From bough to bough to bough, / Single-handedly I move. / Easy if you know how." Mathers' illustrations, painted in a naive style and reproduced in full color, vary from mundane to effective to striking. Recommended for larger collections. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060217073
Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060217073
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Book Description Harpercollins Childrens Books, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060217073