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Off to Bethlehem!
Mackall, Dandi Daley.
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New York : HarperFestival, [2002]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Mary and Joseph hurry to Bethlehem, where their child is born, and then shepherds, animals, and kings rush to see the new baby.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 65208.
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PIC BK Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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Galloping, trotting, running...Everyone is rushing to Bethlehem on this wonderful night. A very special family is making its way to Bethlehem. The inns are full, but no harm can come to Mary and Joseph, for everyone from an array of angels to a stable of animals is watching out for them. Join us on this trip to Bethlehem to see the newborn baby Jesus.

Author Notes

Dandi Daley Mackall received an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri. She is an author of books for both children and adults and has published more than 450 titles. Her books include Eva Underground, Love Rules, Kindred Sisters, Just One of Me, Rudy Rides the Rails, and the I'm Not Afraid series. She is has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children's Literature and a two Mom's Choice Awards.

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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

With a minimum of words and a rapid tempo emphasized by a steady stream of exclamation points, Mackall's (Until the Christ Child Came, reviewed below) rhythmic verse suggests the haste with which the shepherds, wise men and angels raced to Bethlehem to greet Christ the King. ("Brightest star,/ Promised star,/ Kings on camels riding far-/ Following,/ Galloping,/ Off to Bethlehem!"). Alley (The Know-Nothings) takes a humorous, though not irreverent, approach in watercolors of everyone skedaddling to the scene of the Nativity, where all is calm. Ages 4-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-A lighthearted rhyming text tells a simplified version of the Nativity story, from the journey to Bethlehem ("Today's the day!/Don't delay!/Donkey's running all the way!") to a host of visitors gathering around the holy family ("Go and tell-/All is well-/Here in Bethlehem!"). Alley's watercolor cartoons of rounded people and animals have plenty of humor and child appeal. The fast-paced narrative bounces right along, but the meaning is sometimes muddled due to forced rhymes, and the rhythm doesn't always flow. Not a necessary purchase.-E. M. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.