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Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale    by Martin Waddell & Jason Cockcroft order for
Room for a Little One
by Martin Waddell
Order:  USA  Can
Margaret K. McElderry, 2004 (2004)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Little ones will relate to the animals' point of view in Martin Waddell's heartwarming nativity tale. One 'cold winter's night', there's always room for one more 'little one' in Kind Ox's stable 'close to the side of the inn.' Jason Cockcroft's luminous illustrations emphasize the pathos of the exhausted creatures who seek safety and warmth in turn.

First it's 'Old Dog' whose request for shelter is answered 'There's always room for a little one here.' He promises not to chase 'Stray Cat' when she drops in. She in turn gives safe refuge to 'Small Mouse'. They have all 'nestled down warm in the straw, in the peace of the stable' when 'Tired Donkey' arrives, led by Joseph and with Mary on his back. Of course, all the animals welcome the new arrival, when a last 'Little One' joins them.

Room for a Little One is a glowing re-telling of the nativity tale. Children will feel for each tired animal and be warmed by their acceptance in the stable ... and especially by the promise that 'There's always room for a little one here', which of course includes them also.

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