Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Birds of Bethlehem by Tomie dePaola

Yes, a little late.....but this one was a big hit, a somewhat surprising hit given that the choice of "literature" by the 4 1/2 year old these days seems to focus on Star Wars.  This is a very inventive look at the nativity story.  A group of birds gather to discuss a recent event in Bethlehem.  Each different color bird seems to have witnessed some different aspect of the same event.  Told without too much text, the reader quickly realizes what all the birds saw was the same event, the birth of Jesus.  This is definitely one of my favorites for the Christmas season that we will be purchasing before next Christmas season to add to our 25 days x 2 kids books of Christmas.

Illustrations:  5 Buckeye leaves
Text:  5 Buckeye leaves

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