Hurry Hurry Have You Heard

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Everyone remembers the friendly beasts of the stable at Christmas, but what of the creatures of field and forest? From her perch in the rafters, a small bird's heart fills with love. Out over the countryside she flies, carrying the glad tidings. Bunny and fox, mole and mouse, hummingbird and tortoise, spider and ladybug all hurry to the stable to welcome the new baby. And what a noisy greeting they give! In lilting, lyric verse and magical watercolor paintings, Laura Krauss Melmed and Jane Dyer give us a ...
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Overview

Everyone remembers the friendly beasts of the stable at Christmas, but what of the creatures of field and forest? From her perch in the rafters, a small bird's heart fills with love. Out over the countryside she flies, carrying the glad tidings. Bunny and fox, mole and mouse, hummingbird and tortoise, spider and ladybug all hurry to the stable to welcome the new baby. And what a noisy greeting they give! In lilting, lyric verse and magical watercolor paintings, Laura Krauss Melmed and Jane Dyer give us a Christmas treasure sure to be a family favorite year after year after year.
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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Above a snowy field, a star shines over a shed in which a new baby is born. Three orange kittens with mittens awake to see the baby. A bird in the rafters is "filled up with love," when the baby smiles. He hurries to tell others that "every creature large or small is precious in his sight." A rabbit wearing a cap with tassels and holes for its ears, a fox with a fool's ruff with bells, a furry puppy and sheep with bells follow. A mouse, shrew and mole come, too. A spider, ladybug, and other creepers follow with a light dangling from a pole and presents. A turtle joins the parade while the creepers are carried on a leaf with strings by the puppy. When the group arrives, they make such a noise to welcome the babe that he cries. The mother, in white cap with strings and blue gown, picks up the baby and sings a lullaby while all go to sleep. Light streams in the window on the sleeping baby in white hospital-like gown and cap in a cradle filled with straw. The soft gouache illustrations are charming. The animals with various bits of clothing add a touch of humor which parents and children will enjoy. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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After a newborn baby in a stable smiles, a small bird spreads the news of his birth throughout the countryside, and all sorts of woodland animals come to welcome the infant. He coos with glee, and the animals fall asleep all around him as his mother sings a lullaby. Although neither the baby nor his mother is named in the simple rhyming text, one assumes it is Baby Jesus. Anachronisms aside (the snowy, forested countryside; a mother looking more like a 19th-century Dutch peasant than a young woman of Galilee; a tortoise crawling through the snow), the gouache paintings have huge appeal-no young child will be able to resist the three kittens in mittens or the gift-bearing bugs wearing hats and scarves. Bethlehem this is not, but the story remains the same. Buy it if you are looking for sweet and cheerful books for holiday sharing.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Have you heard? Notable new Nativity stories are hard to find, but this satisfying effort from two talented pros will please both younger children and the adults reading to them. The short, rhyming text offers polished verses with just four lines per page or spread, with a bouncy rhythm and perfect rhyming pairs. The story begins with the discovery by three kittens and a chickadee of a special baby, lying on straw in a stable. The bird flies off to tell the other animals to hurry over to see the new baby, and in turn more creatures of all sorts march along through the snow to meet the baby. After their loud welcoming noises, the unnamed mother sings a lullaby to soothe her baby, and the calm, pleasing ending to the story shows the baby, all the animals and even the blue-robed mother sound asleep. Young readers will delight in noticing that the three kittens are wearing striped mittens and that the slow tortoise bringing up the rear of a line of animals is preceded by a quick-footed hare. Kids will be in a hurry to hear it again. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811842259
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Krauss Melmed is the beloved author of 13 books, including such perennial favorites as The Rainbabies, illustrated by Jim LaMarche; and I Love You As Much, illustrated by Henri Sorensen. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Jane Dyer has illustrated nearly 50 books, including Time for Bed by Mem Fox and I Love You Like Crazycakes by Rose Lewis. She lives in Northampton and Cummington, Massachusetts.

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