Mr. Bates (Brendan Coyle): capturing him was tough, really tough!
Author: Nancy Jewel
Illustrator: Stefano Vitale
Publisher: Clarion Books, 1994 – out of print
Age: 3 and up
Themes: Christmas, nativity, animals
Opening: The donkey brought hay for the baby’s bed,the lamb brought fleece to pillow his head.
Summary: (from Amazon) A simple, eloquent story in rhyme about the animals that attended the Baby Jesus, illustrated with oil paintings done on wood; a work of art as well as an engaging version of the Nativity story.
Why I like this book: I enjoyed the very simple, almost soft spoken rhymes, but this book is absolutely beautiful. Yes, I was completely won over by the illustrations!
Resources/Activities: to be added later (little ‘academic emergency’ at the RoZo’s!)
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