Friday, December 24, 2021

Review - The Birds of Bethlehem

The Birds of Bethlehem

by Tomie dePaola
Date: 2012
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 34
Format: e-book
Source: library

A perfect first Christmas book

This inventive and fresh Nativity story is told from a bird's-eye view. On the morning of the first Christmas, the birds of Bethlehem gather in the fields--not only to eat but to share the exciting news. People from all over have descended on Bethlehem and an angel has appeared in the night sky. Something extraordinary is coming! The birds agree that they must find this wondrous thing, and off they fly to the stable where a child has been born.

In simple language and dazzling pictures, beloved author-illustrator Tomie dePaola shares the awe and anticipation of the first Christmas. His cast of brightly colored, curious birds will appeal to young children, making this a perfect introduction to the story of Christmas.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Well, that was a big "meh".

This is just a bunch of birds, rendered in colourful illustrations, talking about the buzz around Bethlehem. At the end, they go to check out what all the fuss is about.

Unless you're really into the Biblical story of Christmas, this probably won't offer you much. It's rather boring. The art is okay, but the story is just a bunch of gossiping birds.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 2/5

Overall: 2.33 out of 5

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