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CHRISTMAS IS HERE by Lauren Castillo Kirkus Star

CHRISTMAS IS HERE

By Lauren Castillo

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0822-7
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

This touching interpretation of the Christmas story wordlessly follows a modern-day family as they journey through a snowy town in the evening to view a live Nativity scene. The family includes a baby in a white snowsuit, who provides a subtle symbolic connection to the baby in the manger in both the re-created scene and the Nativity story that follows. As an older child peeks in at the baby in the manger, the setting shifts in time and place to Bethlehem of long ago, accompanied by the traditional words from the King James Bible, before returning to the contemporary setting. Gorgeous watercolor illustrations in a subdued palette of twilight grays set off the falling snowflakes in the modern scenes, while the biblical scenes are brilliantly lit by starlight. Castillo's smudgy style infuses all with wonder. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)