A modern Christmas classic about how the animals prepare a cozy welcome for the baby Jesus.
“Who is coming to our house?
Someone, someone,” says Mouse.
As Pig makes room, Lamb cleans up, Goose stacks the hay, and Duck lines the crib with eiderdown, Mary and Joseph are on their way by donkey. All the animals are eager to welcome the baby Jesus to their home.
All the animals are prepping and cleaning for a special guest! This book is a fun twist on the manger/nativity story and includes a lot of animals for children to name and look at. It is a little long, but I love that the animals are preparing for Mary and Joseph and welcome them.
This was one of my favorite childhood books, and is a cute, animal-centric version of the birth of baby Jesus. The preparations the animals take to prepare for their special visitor are endearing and remind us (and little ones) that doing our little part makes a difference. Rhymes are cute and the repetition is great of little readers!
Joseph Slate, a native West Virginian, has always loved to paint and write. “I majored in journalism at the University of Washington in Seattle, worked as a reporter on <i>The Seattle Times</i>, was an editor for <i>Foreign Broadcast Information Service</i> (Washington, D.C., California, and Tokyo), then took a degree in fine arts at Yale, although I never illustrated my own books. My painting took a direction that was at odds with the fine art of illustration.”My ideas come from everywhere: a childhood drawing I did of a porcupine, a silly song I once sang to a godchild, and my teacher-niece and pupil-grand nephew getting ready for kindergarten, all kicked off an idea for a book. Now I am writing novels, and it’s the same what-if approach, although the first one came out of my West Virginia boyhood. It’s called <b>Crossing the Trestle</b>, and the young narrator faces an obstacle I did as a child.”