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The Gifts of the Animals – Carole Gerber & Yumi Shimokawara



The gentle beasts of sky and earth
prepare their stable for Christ’s birth.

Everyone knows that in a little stable in Bethlehem, Christ is born…but what happened before that?

How did the manger get its straw? Was there a little pillow for His head?

In this sweet and charming Christmas tale, we learn how the animals in the stable preparedfor baby Jesus’s arrival.

The birds on the roof of the lowly shed
prepare a pillow for His head…

They all eagerly contribute – the sheep provide wool, the cow finds a blanket and the mice help put everything together.

Then in this place, humble and warm,
Christ, the Prince of Peace, is born.

This was such a wonderful tale!

I loved the message of this book – that even when you think you have nothing, you can give something to those in need.

The ox gave straw for the manger, the birds gave their feathers for a pillow and the sheep gave their wool for a fluffy bed. These animals did what little they could and were celebrated.

I also absolutely loved the illustrations in this book. Yumi Shimokawara’s work was simply stunning – the detail, the color, the emotions – all beautiful.

The angel page? I really have no words. I just couldn’t stop looking at it. Magnificent.

I truly enjoyed this book, and given my vast experience of children’s book (starting from my childhood and continuing until…well…I’m still reading them all the time) – I am truly impressed with this one.

With thanks to the author and Familius for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

Interested in this one from Carole Gerber and Yumi Shimokawara? Buy it here:  Amazon

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