Item description for A Song in Bethlehem by Marni McGee & Jason Cockcroft...
Overview In a breathtaking portrait of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of a young girl, McGee and Cockcroft offer a lyrical and stunning tale of the strength of love and compassion, filled with all the magic of Christmas. Full color.
Publishers Description ONE CHILL EVENING IN BETHLEHEM, young Naomi hears of an amazing sight: at the inn's stable, there are three men rich as kings, with rubies round their necks and gold on their fingers. Eager, Naomi rushes to catch a glimpse. But by the time she arrives, the men are gone.Yet Naomi discovers a different treasure: a baby boy, with parents kind and wise. And when she receives the gift of a flute from the baby and his family, her life is transformed forever and her world is full of music. It is a night full of wonders. It is the first Christmas."A Song in Bethlehem "is a lyrical and stunning tale of the strength of love and compassion, filled with all the magic of Christmas.
Citations And Professional Reviews A Song in Bethlehem by Marni McGee & Jason Cockcroft has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2008
School Library Journal - 10/01/2007 page 101
Publishers Weekly - 10/22/2007 page 54
Kirkus Review - Children - 11/01/2007 page 1160
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Studio: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.31" Width: 9.16" Height: 0.37" Weight: 0.76 lbs.
Release Date Sep 11, 2007
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN 0375834478 ISBN13 9780375834479
Availability 0 units.
More About Marni McGee & Jason Cockcroft
Marni McGee is the author of many children's book published in the UK and US. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Ian Beck is the author and illustrator of numerous popular children's books, and the cover artist for Elton John's classic Good-bye Yellow Brick Road. He lives in England.
Marni McGee currently resides in Santa Barbara, in the state of California. Marni McGee has an academic affiliation as follows - Cal Poly University.
Marni McGee has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about A Song in Bethlehem?
More than just another Christmas story Dec 12, 2007
When I opened this book, I was expecting it to be just another rendition of the Christmas story, but by the time I was finished, I was surprised that it was much more than that. A Song in Bethlehem teaches us about forgiveness and faith. But the most important lesson I got from the book is the importance of kindness and compassion. In the book, Naomi steals a coin from the family in the stable. She is caught, and when the father (Joseph) realizes she is a child and a hungry child at that, he gives her food to eat instead of throwing her back into the cold. He allows her to look at and sing to the newborn baby, and when the family leaves the stable, he gives Naomi the flute that ends up changing her life. This important scene reminds us to find kindness in our hearts for everyone, even if they've done something to us. Naomi clearly felt remorse for what she did, and Joseph forgave her and acted with compassion. We don't always know a person's motives behind a certain act, and if we take a minute just to look instead of immediately reacting with anger, we may find that all that person needs is a little compassion.
I'm not saying not every person is good...there are a lot of bad people out there, and I'm not saying that we should justify why a person did something wrong and that it's okay to do something wrong or illegal just because you're hungry or just because something else is going on with your life. What I AM saying is that we are often very quick to judge and not give people a chance, and if we sometimes just paused and took a good look at the situation and demonstrate kindness, there may be a completely different outcome, and we may make a deep positive impact on that person's life. Joseph demonstrated this type of kindness and gave Naomi a flute who discovered a hidden talent that ensured she would never have to beg for food again.