The story starts out with Kind Ox lying in his warm stable. Old Dog comes by, asking for a place to rest. Kind Ox answers, “Come inside. There’s always room for a little one here.” They then, in turn, make room for Stray Cat and Small Mouse.
Last, along comes Tired Donkey, carrying Mary. Mary asks, “Where will my baby be born?”
Kind Ox answers, “Come inside. There’s always room for a little one here.” The story ends with, “That cold winter’s night, beneath the star’s light…a Little One came for the world.”
The paintings by Jason Cockcroft make this book special by enhancing the text with their incredible, life-like detail.
What I Like: Everything. The text is very simple, yet powerful. And the illustrations are beautiful.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: 4-8.
Publisher Info: Margaret K. McElderry, 2006; ISBN: 141692518X; Hardcover, $9.95
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