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The Gifts of the Animals

A Christmas Tale

By Carole Gerber

Illustrated by Yumi Shimokawara

The gentle beasts of sky and earth

prepare their stable for Christ's birth. 

With a beautiful narrative by author and poet Carole Gerber and stunning and intricate art by renowned Japanese artist Yumi Shimokawara comes one of the most anticipated Christmas gift books ever published. The Gift of the Animals shares the miraculous offerings the humble animals in the manger gave to the baby Jesus. 

The birds on the roof of the lowly shed 

prepare a pillow for His head, 

with feathers pulled from downy breasts . . . 

mice carry them to where He'll rest.

Celebrating the Savior's birth, this full-color, gold-embossed hardcover is must-have addition to a family's Christmas library and Christmas Eve traditions. 

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Review quotes
"The Gifts of the Animals, loosely based on an old Latin hymn, tells the sweet, fictional tale of how animals in the stable where Jesus was born went about preparing it for His birth. The author shares theKing James Bible verses describing Christ’s birth after concluding her story. The beautiful illustrations and rhyming text combine to give this book the potential to become a family favorite. I can’t wait to share it."
- Jane Mouttet, librarian and blogger, Library Lady’s Kid Lit Reviewer

"Carole Gerber once again crafts a beautiful tale with rhyme and rhythm. The Gifts of the Animals: A Christmas Tale gently shows how the animals prepare a manger for the birth of Christ, and the subsequent celebration of His arrival. Yumi Shimokawara’s muted color palette and realistic illustrations are stunning, and a lovely accompaniment to Gerber’s text. A perfect Christmas book for young readers worldwide."
- Terry Pierce, author of over 20 children’s books and a UCLA Extension Writers’ Program instructor
"Carole Gerber’s new Christmas book is stunning! I have always admired her skill for writing verse, which shines in this beautiful story. Her words are brought to life by Yumi Shimokawara’s gorgeous watercolors. Readers will enjoy pouring over each page to savor all the details."
- Christina Wald, illustrator of over 50 picture books and illustration professor at the Cincinnati Art Academy and Northern Kentucky University
"A handsome, imaginative volume for Christmas bookshelves."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Gerber's gentle rhyme flows seamlessly, while Shimokawara's softly hued art sets a peaceful, sleepy scene, making it ideal for bedtime reading."
- Publishers Weekly

Product Details
Age range
3 - 8
Number of pages
Publication date
October 01, 2019