Mary’s song / written by Lee Bennett Hopkins ; illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2012.
LCCN 2011035890 ISBN 9780802853974, hardcover, 17.00.
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm. Grades PS-3
E Rating: *5
Mary–Blessed Virgin–Fiction. Jesus Christ–Nativity–Fiction.
It is noisy and busy as shepherds and animals come to pay homage to the newborn Jesus. Even a spider whispers its reverent joy! Finally they all depart, leaving Mary to savor the quiet peacefulness as she tenderly rocks her baby son, humming him a “mother-song,” and wondering what his future will be. Beautifully told in Mary’s voice, Mary’s Song envelopes the reader in the wonder and awe of Jesus’s birth and captures the precious feelings of a mother for her infant. Lee Bennett Hopkins’s poetic writing reads like a soft lullaby and is so perfectly suited to the Christmas story. The artwork by Stephen Alcorn is magnificent! Colored pencil and pastel sketches cover two-page spreads that open flat to reveal rich scenes of the holy family and their visitors. Turn the pages slowly and enjoy. This is a wonderful book to read aloud and is sure to touch the heart and imagination at Christmastime and beyond. Nina Ditmar
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