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CRICKET AT THE MANGER by Edith Hope Fine

CRICKET AT THE MANGER

By Edith Hope Fine (Author) , Winslow Pels (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-56397-993-4
Publisher: Boyds Mills

A large, silver-gray cricket with human eyes is the first-person narrator of this unusual Nativity story told all in short sentences and phrases with lots of animal sound effects. The cricket is a cranky sort who can only make odd sounds, and he is trying to sleep in the stable when Mary and Joseph arrive. Other animals and shepherds crowd in as well, including a shepherd girl who lifts the cricket up to see the newborn baby. The cricket wants to join in the animal chorus singing for the Christ Child and, inspired by an angel playing a stringed instrument, the cricket remembers how to play his own proper cricket song. Pels has created stunning illustrations in mixed medium, including sparkling jewels incorporated into her art. The illustrations, in an extra-large format, are set against textured tan backgrounds with the look of sand. Large, decorative capital letters in brown and black set off each section of the text, further enhancing the volume’s sophisticated design. (Picture book. 4-8)