In this peaceful Advent story, the earth bursts with praise at the child's birth---the donkeys bray, the sheep bleat, the horses neigh, and the shepherds file forth with their gifts---but Mary simply wants to be alone. Alone with her sweet babe. When quiet finally falls, Mary cradles her son and sings her mother-song, leaving readers dreaming of that silent night so long ago. With melodic text and rich illustrations, Mary's Song is a lovely reminder of the season's meaning and a welcome pause in the midst of a bustling world.
On that first Christmas night, the earth bursts with praise at the Savior's birth. Donkeys bray, sheep bleat, horses neigh, and shepherds come from nearby fields -- but Mary simply wants to be alone with her sweet babe.
When quiet finally falls, Mary cradles her son and sings her mother-song, leaving readers dreaming of that silent night so long ago.
Mary's Song, with its melodic language and rich illustrations, is a lovely reminder of the meaning of Christmas and a welcome pause in the midst of a bustling world.
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Lee Bennett Hopkins has written numerous children's and young adult books, including Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life (Boyds Mills Press), winner of the Christopher Award, and City I Love (Abrams). Lee is also recipient of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award. He lives in Florida. Visit his website: www.leebennetthopkins.com.
Stephen Alcorn is the illustrator of over twenty books, including The Owl (Kipling Press), Rembrandt's Beret (William Morrow), and I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin). Stephen live
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
Catholic Press Association, Book Awards - Children's Books category, First Place (2013)
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