Voices of Christmasby Nikki Grimes, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
Gabriel “paced the halls of heaven” as he memorized God’s message to Mary. He wondered what she would say.The Christmas story unfolds, as never before, through the voices of those who witnessed the Messiah’s birth. Listen to Joseph’s struggle. Rejoice with Elizabeth and Zachariah. Worship with the magi. Hear the fear in Herod’s voice. Receive the blessing of Simeon and Anna. And, like the shepherds, shout for joy!
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- 4 - 7 Years
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Voices of Christmas
By Nikki Grimes
ZondervanCopyright © 2009 Nikki Grimes
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In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin.
Hush! The hour is late. Nazareth lies sleeping, and I wait for my Lord's signal to once again go to earth below. When last I went, my words were for Zechariah. Now, I pace the halls of heaven memorizing a message for Mary. (Every archangel I see envies me!) I must get the message right: The Light of the World is on his way! What will Mary say when I tell her? I wonder what he'll look like, God wrapped in baby's skin, stepping from Eternity into Time? How will he hide his glory? How will he hold it all in? Ah! There! The bells chime and I must go. And so I spread my wings, and spring from heaven's balcony.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Who could forget it? The sky a cloak of velvet stitched with stars, we shepherds studied the heavens while our sweet sheep rested safe in the pen we'd built of whatever rocks we could find. And there I was leaning against a tree cradlingMoriah, a wee lamb tuckered out from wandering off again. My feet burned from the chase. Then suddenly the sky blazed with the light of an angel. "Be not afraid," he said. "To you is born this day a Savior, the Messiah." Moriah stirred at this voice like thunder. I wondered, Why come to us? We are not priests. But then, I remembered King David, how God drew near to him who once was a shepherd too. "You will find the child lying in a manger," the angel said. We fled from the hills to search for this wonder, this holy child. You ask if we found him. What? Did you not hear us shout for joy?
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Meet the Author
New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in California.
Eric Velasquez, the son of Afro-Puerto Rican parents, was born in Spanish Harlem and grew up in Harlem in New York City. As a child, his love for doodling and drawing was strongly encouraged by his mother. From his grandmother he inherited a love of music and from his father he developed a love of movies. Growing up in this setting, Eric says, "Becoming an artist was a natural choice for me. I have never thought of being anything else."
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This book is written for children but it is delightfully adult as well. Ms Grimes takes actually Bible characters and lets them tell the Christmas story. Eric Valasquez's illustrations are beautiful and fit the story perfectly. I bought two copies; one for myself and one to give away.