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On This Special Night


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Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast. She has worked for the BBC, Harrods and for a reprographic company and now writes full-time. She has written many children's books, including Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones and I Love You, Sleepyhead for Little Tiger Press. Simon Mendez was born in York and has loved to draw for as long as he can remember.He took a General Art and Design course at York Technical College and then studied Scientific and Natural History Illustration at Fylde College in Blackpool.


PreS--On a winter's night, Mother Cat and Little Kitten wonder at all the visitors--a donkey, a lamb, three mice, a calf--who stop by their barn to rest as they follow a bright star. Curious, the cats follow the animals to a stable, where they find "a very special baby." Although neither the holiday nor the baby is named, most children will recognize the context. There is nothing new or noteworthy in this simple Nativity story, but the glowing, soft-focus photo-realistic illustrations of adorable barnyard animals will appeal to young children.--Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

This tender telling of the Nativity story focuses on a striped tabby cat named Little Kitten, who is first seen curled up next to its orange mother in a barn. After a donkey, lamb, mice and calf stop by en route to a special event, Little Kitten and its mother follow, peering from the roof at a softly glowing stable. All of the animals gather around to witness the baby "sleeping soundly in the sweet, soft hay." The baby is never explicitly named or seen, but readers will relish Freedman's serene prose and Mendez's light-infused, realistic renderings. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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