HURRY! HURRY! HAVE YOU HEARD? by Laura Krauss Melmed
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HURRY! HURRY! HAVE YOU HEARD?

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Have you heard? Notable new Nativity stories are hard to find, but this satisfying effort from two talented pros will please both younger children and the adults reading to them. The short, rhyming text offers polished verses with just four lines per page or spread, with a bouncy rhythm and perfect rhyming pairs. The story begins with the discovery by three kittens and a chickadee of a special baby, lying on straw in a stable. The bird flies off to tell the other animals to hurry over to see the new baby, and in turn more creatures of all sorts march along through the snow to meet the baby. After their loud welcoming noises, the unnamed mother sings a lullaby to soothe her baby, and the calm, pleasing ending to the story shows the baby, all the animals and even the blue-robed mother sound asleep. Young readers will delight in noticing that the three kittens are wearing striped mittens and that the slow tortoise bringing up the rear of a line of animals is preceded by a quick-footed hare. Kids will be in a hurry to hear it again. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8118-4225-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Chronicle
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2008




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