Mary Has a Baby
by Mieke van Hooft
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2016 | Archive Date 03 Jan 2017
Clavis Books, Clavis
"This is a pleasant additional purchase for those who want a version light on religious mysticism but with a happy message of "love, and peace, and light." - School Library Journal
"This sprightly Nativity story is energized by Leever’s diorama-style illustrations, an inventive blend of collage and three-dimensional cut-paper figures, objects, and settings. Van Hooft’s simple language and sturdy rhymes sustain a tender, comforting mood and Leever’s smiling cast of humans and animals extends the joyful tone." - Publishers Weekly
"The book’s charming art uses rhyming verse and innovative paper-collage illustrations to present the narrative of the birth of Jesus." - Kirkus Reviews
Mary gave birth to a baby.
She rocks it to and fro.
Joseph gives it little kisses.
They love the baby so.
A first introduction to the Christmas story, in rhythmical verses and unique illustrations. For everyone ages 3 years and up. Perfect read this Holiday season!
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Average rating from 11 members
This is a beautiful, poetic rhyming version of the traditional story of Mary and Joseph. It is a good introduction to the biblical story for children. The story starts with Mary and Joseph and the donkey. The donkey watches over them, giving Mary a ride on its back, letting them use its body to rest and at the end, the only thing awake watching over the little family as everyone else sleeps. This is the WASP version of the story with Mary and Joseph being white and the wisemen showing up at the stable instead of years later at their home, but this is the story that children are told when they are young. I absolutely loved the illustrations. The papercraft gave the book a three dimensional quality. The colours were perfect and the illustrations warm and inviting. A wonderful book for any church library or family library that celebrates and believes in this aspect of Christmas.
This was a different way of telling the traditional nativity story. It was a little bit quirky with the way that the images are set out but I can see that this could very easily be a book that is read every Christmas whilst children are young. A lovely little read.