The Little Hills of Nazareth

Bijou Le Tord, Author, Bijou Letord, Illustrator Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-02-756480-8
LeTord's latest work (following My Grandma Leonie ) relates in spare language the story of Joseph and Mary and their donkey Naboth, happy and at home among the hills of Nazareth. ``Joseph picked apricots / for their supper . . . When it came time / for Mary to give birth, / Joseph took her to Bethlehem,'' where Mary finds mean comfort in a stable, next to Naboth. The tale transcends the couple's earthly concerns and shows the heavenly celebration of a baby's birth; LeTord moves with ease between these facets of storytelling. Her illustrationssoft, framed watercolorsare characteristically naive and endearing and reveal in a few strokes of well-placed color the good nature of each of the three main players in this tale. All ages. (August)
Reviewed on: 08/05/1988
Release date: 08/01/1988
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-440-40997-7
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