One starry night, a cow watches over her calf, a nanny goat watches over her kid, and a pig watches over her piglet. For this one moment, every family in the animal kingdom is peaceful, just like Mary and Joseph watching over their own newborn nearby. This simple yet profound book perfectly captures the universal nighttime vigil of parents everywhere while gently alluding to the presence of a nurturing creator who watches over all of us.
Lauren Thompson is at her lyrical best, while Jonathan Bean’s rich illustrations are the perfect match for this beautifully serene story of a truly Peaceable Kingdom.
Under a starry slate-blue sky, mother animals watch their children in this outing from the team that created The Apple Pie That Papa Baked. Italicized text forms a separate rhyming stream of loving maternal commentary ("I am here/ always near") as the main text describes scenes of loving mother-child companionship, culminating with Joseph, Mary, and their newborn, with animal pairs gathered round. Per an author's note, the featured animals could all be found in the Holy Land at the time of Jesus' birth. Thompson focuses on the Nativity theme of love; Bean also keeps it simple with a limited palette of earth tones. The book is more universalist than Christian, which should allow it a broad readership. Ages 1 6.