One Starry Night by Lauren Thompson

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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.
 

About Lauren Thompson

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Lauren Thompson is the author of several NEW YORK TIMES bestselling children's books, including the much-beloved Little Quack series and the award-winning picture book POLAR BEAR NIGHT. She is also the author of THE APPLE PIE THAT PAPA BAKED and BALLERINA DREAMS: A TRUE STORY. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Robert, and their son, Owen. You can visit her website at www.laurenthompson.net.Stephen Savage is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator of the highly acclaimed and award-winning picture book, POLAR BEAR NIGHT, written by Lauren Thompson, as well as the creator of WHERE'S WALRUS? He creates illustrations for a wide range of publications, including THE NEW YORKER, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and NEWSWEEK. Stephen lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and their daughter.
 
Published October 4, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A math-loving sultana challenges her suitors to solve a riddle in an original tale that puts an appealingly independent young woman in charge of a traditional fairytale-style “beauty contest.” A powerful Persian sultan wants only the best of husbands for his only daughter, Aziza, and when his adv...

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This arresting story of the first Christmas has a succinct, powerful, rhyming text and striking illustrations unlike any other version of the Nativity story, with art and words perfectly matched in an artistic tour de force.

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After an astronomer, a soldier and a merchant each supply an answer that solves only one portion of the riddle, a humble farmer gets all four parts right and wins Aziza's hand.

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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.

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