Aaron's Secret Message

Aaron's Secret Message

by Marcus Pfister Herbert
     
 

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Aaron is fascinated by a remarkable star that shines in the night sky. Every evening it seems bigger and brighter and more wondrous. Perhaps it's sending me a secret message, he thinks. He even dreams of the star, a dream that leads him to a stable on a cold winter night. When he awakens, the dream is forgotten amid the hustle and bustle in Bethlehem. The streets

Overview

Aaron is fascinated by a remarkable star that shines in the night sky. Every evening it seems bigger and brighter and more wondrous. Perhaps it's sending me a secret message, he thinks. He even dreams of the star, a dream that leads him to a stable on a cold winter night. When he awakens, the dream is forgotten amid the hustle and bustle in Bethlehem. The streets are filled with people coming to register for the census. All the houses are filled with travelers, and when Aaron meets a man and his wife and their little donkey searching for a place to stay, there is not a room left in all of Bethlehem. Then Aaron remembers the stable in his dream and so becomes a part of the great miracle of Christ's birth.

The creator of the international best-selling Rainbow Fish books offers a special Christmas gift for families to share. The die-cut cover, featuring Pfister's signature holographic foil-stamping, will attract the reader's eye and the simple, moving Nativity story will speak to their hearts.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A child's eye-view and tender storytelling tone distinguish this Nativity entry by the creator of The Rainbow Fish. Young Aaron isn't sure what to make of his dream about a bright star and his family's small stable in Bethlehem. But the significance will dawn on readers when the boy encounters a couple named Mary and Joseph in desperate need of shelter. An aura of kindness and grace imbues the text as well as the strikingly detailed watercolors rendered in a richly hued, dappled palette. Ages 4-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
With the jewel-like tones familiar to readers of The Rainbow Fish, Pfister illustrates the story of Aaron, a young boy living in Bethlehem. For a few days, he has noticed a special star in the sky, a star that seems to be getting brighter. One night he has a dream about following the star to a stable. The next day—dream forgotten—he ventures to the market to watch all the people arriving for the census. By the well, he meets a man and a pregnant woman and pets their donkey. Later, as he sees the couple turned away while seeking shelter, he understands the meaning of his dream. He leads them to the stable and is one of the first to witness the new baby in the light of the special star. The book's cover is cut out as if Aaron is peering through a window at the stable; the window is framed with holographic gold patterns reminiscent of the scales in Rainbow Fish. Children accustomed to that book may be disappointed to learn that the gold shapes do not recur in this story. Despite this caveat, the story is well told and the illustrations are evocative. 2005, North-South, Ages 4 to 8.
—Dr. Judy Rowen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735820210
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.63(w) x 12.75(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Marcus Pfister is the author of the phenomenally successful Rainbow Fish series, as well as many other books for children. He has worked as a graphic artist, a sculptor, a painter, and a photographer as well as a children's book creator. Pfister lives with his family in Berne, Switzerland.

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