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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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The Birds of Bethlehem

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A perfect first Christmas book

This inventive and fresh Nativity story is told from a bird's-eye view. On the morning of the first Christmas, the birds of Bethlehem gather in the fields — not only to eat but to share the exciting news. People from all over have descended on Bethlehem and an angel has appeared in the night sky. Something extraordinary is coming! The birds agree that they must find this wondrous thing, and off they fly to the stable where a child has been born.

In simple language and dazzling pictures, beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola shares the awe and anticipation of the first Christmas. His cast of brightly colored, curious birds will appeal to young children, making this a perfect introduction to the story of Christmas.

Review:

"No stranger to holiday stories, dePaola (Strega Nona's Gift; The Night Before Christmas) offers a bird's-eye view of the Nativity. Pairs of excited, colorful birds share the strange occurrences they've noticed ('We were roosting in a tree on the hill.... We saw an extraordinary thing,' says the red bird and his mate). The art is classic dePaola: the simple shapes of the birds, rolling hills, and stable are delineated by soft lines painted in opaque acrylics of vivid teal and orange-red, and muted by a soft patina. The effect is as pleasing as the whimsical storytelling, as dePaola offers a refreshingly indirect take on how the news of Jesus's birth spread to all creatures. Ages 5 – 8. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"A bird’s-eye view of the Nativity....dePaola does not disappoint with his charmingly simple illustrations and spare text. An ideal read-aloud." School Library Journal

About the Author

Tomie dePaola is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmount Avenue and a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona. He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal (from the Catholic Library Association), and was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399257803
Author:
dePaola, Tomie
Publisher:
Putnam Juvenile
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Religious - Christian
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Bible - General
Subject:
People & Places - United States
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Birds
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20090908
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10 x 8 x 0.13 in 0.28 lb
Age Level:
from 1

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Product details 32 pages Putnam Juvenile - English 9780399257803 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "No stranger to holiday stories, dePaola (Strega Nona's Gift; The Night Before Christmas) offers a bird's-eye view of the Nativity. Pairs of excited, colorful birds share the strange occurrences they've noticed ('We were roosting in a tree on the hill.... We saw an extraordinary thing,' says the red bird and his mate). The art is classic dePaola: the simple shapes of the birds, rolling hills, and stable are delineated by soft lines painted in opaque acrylics of vivid teal and orange-red, and muted by a soft patina. The effect is as pleasing as the whimsical storytelling, as dePaola offers a refreshingly indirect take on how the news of Jesus's birth spread to all creatures. Ages 5 – 8. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A bird’s-eye view of the Nativity....dePaola does not disappoint with his charmingly simple illustrations and spare text. An ideal read-aloud."
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