There is a legend that describes how, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all creatures are granted the power of speech for one hour. In Manger, Lee Bennett Hopkins and a dozen other poets imagine what responses they might offer. The poems represent a diverse group of animals, but are drawn together with one singular purpose: to celebrate the joy of the miraculous event.
This collection of graceful poems, richly illustrated by Helen Cann, provides readers with a Nativity story unlike any other — at times gently humorous, at times profound, but always inviting them to appreciate the wonder of Christmas.
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Manger includes poems by . . .
Lee Bennett Hopkins ♦ Joan Bransfield Graham ♦ Amy Ludwig VanDerwater ♦ X. J. Kennedy ♦ Jude Mandell ♦ Marilyn Nelson ♦ Jane Yolen ♦ Ann Whitford Paul ♦ Prince Redcloud ♦ Rebecca Kai Dotlich ♦ Michele Krueger ♦ Alma Flor Ada ♦ Alicia Schertle
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This is such a beautiful book. The poems are lovely and the illustrations of lush and full of vibrant color. I’m using this book during Children’s Messages this year during Advent. My favorite poem so far is the one for the horse. A great book. I even held it up during worship and did a promo for it and also on Facebook.