This picture book is a collection of 15 poems by selector Lee Bennett Hopkins and some other well-known poets and writers, such as X. J. Kennedy, Marilyn Nelson, Jane Yolen, Alma Flor Ada, Ann Whitford Paul, and Alice Schertle, as well as a few newer authors unknown to me, and one traditional verse. The theme tying the poems together is what different animals might say or do or think if present at the manger for the birth of Jesus. Helen Cann's vibrant illustrations, rendered in watercolor, collage, and mixed media, tie everything together.
The poems are written for ages 4-8. This would be a great read-aloud during the holiday season, and the poems are easy enough for beginning readers too.
© Amanda Pape - 2014
[This unbound galley proof was sent to me in exchange for an unbiased review by the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.]