Author: Julie Berry Illustrator: Annie Won
Age range : Preschool
Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba
Long Ago, on a Starry Night relives the miracle of the first Christmas long ago through the eyes of a new mother who has just given birth to her first child. As a result, she imagines the dusty barn, nearby animals, a mother’s lullaby and the travelers coming from afar to welcome the new baby. The parallels she sees as she discovers her own feelings for her child are astounding.
All my hopes, my joy, my heart’s desire. Your sweet voice is my angel choir.
Wondrous, holy, strange and true – Little one, my miracle is you.
Won’s illustrations are really great. They are soft and expressive. Certainly this would make a great gift for your grand this Christmas. You can share the miracle of the first Christmas while reminding them they are your little miracle.
About the author: Julie Berry grew up in western New York. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and a MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in southern California with her husband and four sons. She is the author of many books for children, including the Printz Honor book The Passion of Dolsssa, and All the Truth That’s in Me, an ALA Notable and Junior Library Guild selection, and most recently the Indie Bestseller Lovely Wan This is her first picture book Visit her online at julieberrybooks.com.
About the illustrator: Annie Won is an illustrator of many books for children, including The Elves and the Shoemaker, Margaret Wise Brown’s The Whispering Rabbit, and In the Quiet, Noisy Woods, written by Michael J. Rosen. Annie received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and lives in New York City with her beloved cat. You can visit her at anniewon.com.
About the reviewer: Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful products for all us grandparents.
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