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The Newborn Child

Written by Jackie Morris

The Newborn Child Synopsis

He was born while the full moon travelled across the heavens and the waiting world turned. She held him close, his skin warm against hers, in the circle of her mother's love, safe. A beautiful and lyrical Nativity story, focusing on the thoughts, hopes and fears of a young mother-to-be, about to give birth in a strange land.

The Newborn Child Press Reviews

Sumptuous illustrations * School Library Journal * An absolutely gorgeous book * ChinaBerry * A lyrical retelling, exploring the hopes and fears of the young mother-to-be, stunningly realised in watercolours and gold leaf. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * The vibrant illustrations are full of rich colour and glorious detail, with beautiful depictions of plants and animals. A beautiful book, perfect as a gift for any mother-to-be. * Parents in Touch * An alternative and lyrical Nativity story, told in Mary's words, and focusing on the thoughts, hopes and fears of a young mother-to-be, about to give birth in a strange land. * Picture Books Blogger * Jackie Morris has re-used illustrations that previously appeared in a 2006 title with words by another author and written her own nativity, and done so very well indeed. * Achuka * There's beauty on every page: into Jackie Morris' richly coloured scenes are woven symbols from the natural world - butterflies and moths, birds and their feathers. * Red Reading Hub * This gentle, loving and vibrantly illustrated retelling of the Nativity presents a slightly more universal story of a woman and her baby without directly mentioning Jesus, Mary and Joseph, although it is obvious that this is what the book is about. Visually stunning and brimming with flowers, peacock feathers, birds and butterflies, as well as the more usual iconography, Jackie Morris adds an image-rich layer of fruitfulness and bountiful love to this most famous story. * Booktrust * This is a stunning piece of literature for readers of all ages...Morris's pen-and-ink illustrations provide a superb balance between text and image as each page is turned, and frame the narrative with exquisitely refined details. I defy any reader not to be moved by this retelling of the Christmas story, which will demand many re-readings in order for its beauty to be revisited and fully appreciated. * IBBY Link *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910959459
Publication date: 1st September 2016
Author: Jackie Morris
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages

About Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is an author and illustrator, photographer and painter. She lives in a small house beside the sea in Wales. Her many books include Tell me a Dragon, The Snow Leopard, The Seal Children and How the Whale Became, written by Ted Hughes. She has a lively presence on social media and progress of her work can be followed on her blog: @JackieMorrisArt

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