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All for the newborn baby
Root, Phyllis.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Mary sings a lullaby to the newborn baby Jesus as He lies in the manger, and in her song she describes how the world around Him is rejoicing at His birth.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Drawing on Christmas miracle tales and carols from around the world, Phyllis Root's cradle song sung by Mary for the baby Jesus is a lullaby for every newborn child.Exquisitely detailed art by Nicola Bayley makes this a gorgeous holiday gift book for families with (or expecting) newborns.The text is both reverent and humble, filled with a mother's love.

Author Notes

Phllis Root is the author of over forty books, almost all of them picture books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her middle grade novel, Lilly and the Pirates, is currently under contract. Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble won the Minnesota Book Award, and Big Momma Makes the World won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Root was awarded a 2006 McKnight Fellowship for her book, Lucia and the Light. She has taught at the Loft, in the Complete and Practical Scholar program at the University of Minnesota, and in Vermont College's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. This delicately illustrated lullaby imagines what Mary might have sung to Jesus in the manger. Each page, addressed to the newborn, describes how an abundant world of animals and plants celebrates the child's birth: "Cherry tree / With branches bending / Offers cherries / Ripe and red. / Spider spins / A silken blanket, / Lays it on your / Manger bed." The addition of a musical score would have been a nice touch, but parents will likely come up with their own tune for this elegant, rhyming song that's expanded in glittering, detailed illustrations reminiscent of illuminated manuscripts. Gold borders filled with botanical ornaments frame soft, colorful nature scenes depicting joyous creatures mingling with the loving family. Although the author cites Christmas miracle tales as her inspiration, her soothing poem never mentions Jesus by name, emphasizing instead the love and astonishment that a new mother feels for her child. Young ones from diverse backgrounds will find themselves celebrated in this universal, joyful song. --Gillian Engberg