Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas

by Karin Littlewood, Sally Grindley
     
 

A homeless child has made a shelter for himself in a cattle shed. One day, while he is at work in the market, a man arrives in the village with his wife, riding on a donkey. On his way home, the boy wonders what it would be like to feel the warmth and love of a family, and during the night, he is awakened by a bright new light and the sound of a baby crying.

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A homeless child has made a shelter for himself in a cattle shed. One day, while he is at work in the market, a man arrives in the village with his wife, riding on a donkey. On his way home, the boy wonders what it would be like to feel the warmth and love of a family, and during the night, he is awakened by a bright new light and the sound of a baby crying. Vibrant watercolors illustrate this powerful retelling of the Nativity story. Sally Grindley's lyrical exploration of the traditional holiday themes of home and belonging and Karin Littlewood's striking images make this a very special Christmas book.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A homeless boy who works at various jobs in the marketplace has been sleeping in the very barn where Mary and Joseph have come to spend the night. There's a terrible storm and then the cry of a baby and the unearthly light of a star. The unnamed child creeps out of his hiding place, takes Mary a cup of milk, and is invited to admire the infant. He stays and watches as visitors of all kinds bring gifts, and "he knew at last what it felt like to belong." There is no mention of what happens to him after everyone goes home-and certainly, nothing to indicate that his status has changed in any way. Littlewood's watercolor paintings are lovely, giving a real sense of the bustle of the marketplace and the joy of the new mother with her child, but the lack of a satisfying resolution makes this an unnecessary purchase.-M. A. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845070717
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
11/15/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
5 Years

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