cover image CAT IN THE MANGER


Michael Foreman, . . Holt, $16.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8050-6677-7

The barn cat has the floor in this appealing addition to the "animals at the Nativity" mini-genre. Addressing the audience directly, the feline gives an eyewitness account of the miracle that occurred when some very special visitors arrived at the barn, interrupting the animals' night of sleep. Foreman's (Michael Foreman's Mother Goose) gorgeous, shadowy watercolors of the Middle East are awash in the soft, holy light generated by the infant in the manger. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)