Mary%E2%80%99s Song

Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Stephen Alcorn. Eerdmans, $17 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8028-5397-4
Hopkins and Alcorn, the team behind America at War and other titles, present a tender exploration of Mary’s feelings for her infant son, of her natural desire to have quiet intimacy with him, and of her hopes for his future (“I rock back and forth,/ forth and back,/ softly humming my mother-song./ I wonder what will become of him,/ my sweet innocent babe”). Alcorn’s sweet, sketchlike mixed-media illustrations depict the Nativity story on an ivory background and are enhanced by golden highlights, soft lines, and gentle shading to create images of calm. Hopkins’s words evoke a wistful acknowledgment of all parents’ hopes for their infants. Ages 5–8. (June)
Reviewed on: 09/10/2012
Release date: 06/01/2012
Genre: Children's
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