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Come and see : a Christmas story
Mayper, Monica.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperCollins, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Shepherds, townsfolk, and travelers celebrate the birth of Christ with a midnight feast and dance.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday
PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday

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In the hills was sudden music
"Come see
Come and see"

And they all came--shepherds and townsfolk, neighbors and strangers, grown-ups and children--to see and celebrate the child sleeping in the manger. A poetic text and glowing paintings retell this well-known story with a simplicity and richness that fill the heart with peace.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. With the refrain, "come see, come (in, out, now, here) and see," this lyrical picture book invites children into a Christmas story. The shepherds alert the townsfolk in the middle of the night, rapping on doors and pointing to the brilliant star. The people pour from their houses to follow the shepherds. A pair of wide-eyed children drag their sleepy parents toward the stable. Everyone gathers around, the children crowding the opening of the stable, lamps lifted high to illuminate the joyful faces of the other onlookers. The shepherds bring skins of milk; the innkeeper, bread and wine; and the people eat and celebrate, ending in a quiet circle dance around the stable. Schuett's mixed-media illustrations, cheerful and with lots of delicate chiaroscuro, adequately maintain the text's understated current of excitement and celebration. A worthy addition to larger Christmas collections. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mayper's poetic, joyous description of Jesus' birth bubbles with all the exuberance of a child opening gifts on Christmas morning. Shepherds hurry through the streets and wake a sleeping village to "Come see/ Come out and see" the baby who has "made the world new." Smiling children, families and respectful animals quietly gather in the stable to adore the newborn, then proclaim, "It's a time for joy and feasting!" Schuett's (Somewhere in the World Right Now) creamy, textured paintings of humble people dancing in the starlight say it all. Ages 3-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Angels awaken shepherds, who in turn rouse the townsfolk and travelers, so that all may gather to see the newborn baby Jesus. Readers follow the people and animals as they make their way to the manger to admire the child. All the while, Mayper's poetic invitation carries the same refrain, "Come see," with slight variations in the second line. The simple text is particularly accessible to young children who are just learning about the Nativity. Internal rhymes with an unstudied rhythm keep the sentences flowing as a crowd gathers outside the stable. Schuett's double-paged illustrations are full of soothing, saturated colors, plus some touches of bright yellow and gold to provide a nice contrast and lend extra sparkle to the night. Men, women, children, and animals greet the baby with wide smiles. They join hands and form a large circle surrounding the stable and "all begin to dance." A peaceful and satisfying presentation.-M.M.H. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.