Give the gift of Christmas with this beautiful holiday tale that celebrates the true meaning of the season. "Come!" drummed a woodpecker one cold, wintry day. "A baby is coming. There's work to be done!"
One by one, from field and forest, the animals make their way to a barn. The cow has sweet-smelling hay to offer the baby. The bluebird has the gift of song. And a lamb has soft, cozy wool. But the shy little fox has nothing to offer . . . or so he thinks.
With its gentle text and warm, expressive illustrations, this irresistible take on the Nativity story invites even the youngest child to discover the truest gifts of the Christmas season: the ones that come from the heart.
October 18, 2016
Preschool - 2
Lexile: 400L | Fountas/Pinnell: K
Anik McGrory studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. She wrote and illustrated the picture books Kidogo
and Quick, Slow, Man
and illustrated the Monty series, written by Johanna Hurwitz. Anik lives in Rye, New York, with her husband and three children, as well as her dog, Loupiot, and her parrot, Puck. To find out more, please visit her at anikmcgrory.com.
PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS FOX
"In this understated, beautifully illustrated Nativity story, a little fox is invited to come along on a journey because a baby will be arriving soon. Glowing watercolor illustrations in a loose, expressive style capture the antics of the fox and create an exciting environment of starry skies, snowy fields, and a light-filled stable. A lovely, gentle, and open-ended introduction to the story of the birth of baby Jesus" --Kirkus Reviews
"McGrory transplants the Nativity story to a snowy woodland setting. . . . McGrory’s soft, gestural artwork, washed with pale color and infused with lemony light, celebrate the fox’s play, and his joyful spirit is a gift both to the waiting child and to readers." --Publishers Weekly
"This homey take on the Nativity story delivers a warm tale of love and humility for the
holidays." --The Horn Book