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SILENT NIGHT by Juliet Groom Kirkus Star


by Juliet Groom, illustrated by Tim Warnes

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-56148-697-7
Publisher: Good Books

This new interpretation of the beloved Christmas carol focuses on an enchanting pair of bears, a parent and cub. The text retains the familiar beginning and then moves on to new words celebrating the beauty of the mountain setting at night under a full moon, as well as peace among the animals and love between parent and child. The lyrical phrasing refers to angels singing and heavenly peace, with the final pages telling of a special child born under a bright star, bringing hope to the world. Warnes masterfully illustrates the charismatic bears, with intimate views of the parent and child in close harmony with nature and each other. This lovely interpretation extends the concept of the song into a broader setting made accessible to children with memorable words and ever-so-sweet illustrations. (Picture book. 3-7)