Children's LiteratureTo comfort her child, Mary sings a lullabye in All for the Newborn Baby. Phyllis Root's tender poem is beautifully accompanied by Nicola Bayley's watercolors. The gold borders and intricate renderings of birds, animals, and flowers are reminiscent of medieval illuminated manuscripts. 2000, Candlewick Press. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
New York Times Book ReviewThe text, about the animal homage to the Christ child, needs only music to be a lullaby. The exquisite illustrations are in the style of medieval illuminations. The flowers, fruit and insects adorning the botanical borders are identified in the endpapers by their Latin names.
Kirkus ReviewsTo go with reverent, lovely manger scenes, Root draws images from several Christmas carols and songs for a tender lullaby in which birds, livestock, a spider, even a cherry tree attend on the holy infant. "Fireflies / Like tiny candles / Light the stable / Where you sleep. / Little fishes / In the river / Flash and splash / And laugh and leap." The pages are designed to resemble those of late-Medieval illuminated manuscripts; rows of exactly rendered, finely detailed specimens of moths and butterflies, berries and wildflowers, are placed beneath views of a drowsily cheerful Jesus (not quite newborn, but nearly so), with Mary, Joseph, and a variety of animals gathered 'round. All are framed by wooden beams and placed within wide, stone-textured borders. Similar frames enclose the blocks of rhymed, short-lined text. Like Norma Farber's All Those Mothers at the Manger (1985), there is no music to go with the lyric, but read aloud, the verse has a gently soporific rhythmand the art is virtuoso work. Exquisite. (Picture book/poetry. 1-3)Ryan, Pam Muñoz ESPERANZA RISING Scholastic (272 pp.) Oct. 2000
- Candlewick Press
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- 1st U.S. Edition
- Product dimensions:
- 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
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This book is a beautiful,imaginative book of the author's thoughts of what Mary may have sung to the newborn baby Jesus. The illustrations are so sweet and the simplicity with which the book is written is precious. Anyone who is an animal lover will love this version of the Christmas story.