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|This first Christmas night|
Author: Godwin, Laura
The nativity story comes to life in this luminous celebration of the miracle of Christmas.
School Library Journal (10/01/16)
The Hornbook (00/11/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2016 PreS-Gr 1—"See this small gray donkey, this long dusty road, this promising star," the story begins, as Joseph guides Mary on toward Bethlehem. The spare poetry of this book lovingly captures details of Christ's birth, like the smell of hay, the sounds of the animals inside the manger, and Mary's contented sigh as she holds her son in her arms. Then time stands still as viewers see the large, sweet face of "this tiny baby boy" being adored by visitors in the silence. As the picture pans out onto the rural landscape of the first Christmas night, the scene conveys an overarching sense of peace. Low's gorgeous use of dark colors serves to highlight the luminous glow of the angels, stars, and baby Jesus, setting the ideal mood for this lyrical meditation on the Christmas story. VERDICT Wonderful for bedtime and lapsit storytimes, this book is a gentle retelling of the Nativity for very young readers who are learning about Jesus for the first time.—Rita Law, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.