The Birds of Bethlehem

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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A perfect first Christmas book

This inventive and fresh Nativity story is told from a bird's-eye view. On the morning of the first Christmas, the birds of Bethlehem gather in the fields--not only to eat but to share the exciting news. People from all over have descended on Bethlehem and an angel has appeared in the night sky. Something extraordinary is coming! The birds agree that they must find this wondrous thing, and off they fly to the stable where a child has been born.

In simple language and dazzling pictures, beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola shares the awe and anticipation of the first Christmas. His cast of brightly colored, curious birds will appeal to young children, making this a perfect introduction to the story of Christmas.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A quiet, simple story told by pairs of birds who witness the Nativity scene in Bethlehem.In turn, each pair of birds comments to others in the flock about something unusual observed in the town. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

The Nativity told from a bird's-eye view. A lovely, unique perspective on the Christmas story. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Tomie dePaola is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, a Newbery Honor for 26 Fairmount Avenue and a Caldecott Honor for Strega Nona. He was awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal (from the Catholic Library Association), and was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

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