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Resource: Book (B4508) A cold night : A Christmas fable     
Author: Bertossi, Emanuele.
Publisher: Sparkhouse Family, 2017
Length: 28 pages
Subjects: Education
Location: Advent/Christmas shelf
# Copies: 1
ISBN/ISSN: 9781506424965
 Description: Originally published in Italy [in2011], Bertossi's solemn story offers a contemporary and somewhat abstract take on the Nativity story following a group of animals that gathers in a stable on a snowy night. "I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't have shelter tonight," Donkey tells Cow and the two eventually make room for Wren Woodpecker and Fox. Not long after the animals spot a human couple bundled up in hats scarves and patchwork clothes, they let them in; the woman gives birth to a child and a star rises in the sky. Colored in drab browns greens and mustards Bertossi's images avoid any sense of cutesiness instead emphasizing the blustery cold and connections between the characters and environment. At various points Fox's bushy red tail and the arm with which the man embraces his wife become part of the larger landscape. An unusual but memorable interpretation of the story of Jesus's birth. Ages 3-5. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright Pwxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Age Groups: Preschool; Lower elementary; Upper Elementary


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