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The Birds of Bethlehem Hardcover – Picture Book, 30 October 2012
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“A bird’s-eye view of the Nativity. . . . dePaola does not disappoint with his charmingly simple illustrations and spare text. An ideal read-aloud.” — School Library Journal
“The acrylic paintings of the birds and Holy Family are theatrically composed on spacious spreads. The colors of the birds (each, as they are in nature, a different shade from its mate) are a refreshing contrast to the holiday’s usual hues.” — The Horn Book
“Traces the Nativity story reverently and without sentimentality. . . . The illustrations are notable for their simplified forms, pleasing compositions, and subtle combinations of colors. An inviting readaloud choice for Christmas.” — Booklist
About the Author
- Publisher : Nancy Paulsen Books (30 October 2012)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399257802
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399257803
- Reading age : 3 - 5 years
- Item Weight : 505 g
- Dimensions : 26.49 x 1.09 x 26.19 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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An interesting aspect of the book is that it does not say anything explicitly about Jesus as the "son of God" or about the virgin birth, nor does it say anything against them. As a result, in addition to being a very nice way to introduce Christian children to the story of Jesus, or to remind them of it and reflect upon it, this book could also be used to help non-Christian children understand some aspects of the story of Jesus.
Still, I do not think that this is Tommie's best work and it probably would not have been picked up by a publisher if his name was not attached to it. It falls far short of such classics as The Clown of God and My First Legends: The Story of Bluebonnet . For a beautiful book that has birds and a spiritual message, one could also buy The Conference of the Birds , illustrated by Demi, another children's book legend.
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