There Was No Snow on Christmas Eve

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There was no snow on Christmas Eve. Instead, a desert zephyr blew And palm fronds sang a rustling tune To welcome the awaited birth. There was no snow, no fireplace, no need for woolen caps and gloves on that very first Christmas. Instead there was a humble stable, and weary travelers with light robes and sandals on a desert night. This luminous picture book manages to take the familiar story of the Nativity and make it fresh and immediate, reminding young children of the miracle of Christmas and the true nature of the spirit of the season, no matter what the weather.

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K-Gr. 2. On a wintry night two children and an adult walk outdoors and reflect on the contrast between the snowy scene that greets them and the balmy serenity in Jerusalem when Jesus was born: "There was no snow on Christmas Eve . . . no snow on Christmas Day. Instead a desert zephyr blew and palm fronds sang a rustling tune to welcome the awaited birth." The text is spare and lyrical, with hushed tones that underscore the significance of the momentous event. It's the evocative watercolor artwork, however, that really stands out, effectively and beautifully suggesting the different worlds of then and now. The lovely, youthful Madonna and Child on the jacket will attract parents and others looking for a lovely seasonal read-aloud. Julie Cummins
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