The opening and closing phrase of “Sing out, my soul, the wonder . . .” captures the essence of the book and its message succinctly and poignantly. Together, Patterson and Aisato work in seamless harmony to tell the story of the Nativity in an original and stirring way that speaks specifically to Mary’s predicament as well as the joy and wonder that any mother may feel as she gazes at her newborn child and marvels at the miracle that is that tiny life. Told from Mary’s perspective, in poetic text the story reads between the lines of the biblical account to explore the feelings of Mary’s parents—heartbroken and unbelieving— Joseph—doubtful then doting—the shepherds—”dazed”— and Mary herself, reminding readers of their humanity in both text and illustration. Aisato’s illustrations, rich in color and emotion, feel authentic, simultaneously raw and down to earth, with just a touch of the idyllic and imaginative as blossoming flowers envelope a smiling Mary as she cradles the baby Jesus.
The “Illustration” badge is awarded to books with exceptional illustrations.
The “Heartstrings” badge is awarded to books that provoke an exceptionally tender emotional response.
Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.
Nothing yet! Let Katherine Paterson know that you want to hear from them about their book.
Nothing yet! Let Lisa Aisato know that you want to hear from them about their book.