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VOICES OF CHRISTMAS by Nikki Grimes Kirkus Star

VOICES OF CHRISTMAS

By Nikki Grimes (Author) , Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 & up

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-310-71192-6
Publisher: Zonderkidz

Grimes uses her talent as a poet to retell the Nativity story from several different viewpoints, each one a distinct voice with its own style. Fourteen poems in free verse convey the story, from the announcement of the impending birth by the angel Gabriel to the final poem directed to readers. The attractive design includes a double-page spread for each character, with a short Bible verse and the poem set in gold type against dark backgrounds and the illustration of the character attractively integrated into the spread. Each character is a real person with his or her own concerns and fears, and the whole of the Nativity story is conveyed through the sum of their individual stories. Velasquez’s striking, dramatic illustrations add to the personality of the characters, who are clearly of Middle Eastern ethnicity. (CD) (Picture book/religion. 6 & up)