Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale
Martin Waddell & Jason Cockcroft
Margaret K. McElderry, 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ittle 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 '
' 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.
irst it's '
' whose request for shelter is answered '
There's always room for a little one here.
' He promises not to chase '
' when she drops in. She in turn gives safe refuge to '
'. They have all '
nestled down warm in the straw, in the peace of the stable
' when '
' arrives, led by Joseph and with Mary on his back. Of course, all the animals welcome the new arrival, when a last '
' joins them.
oom 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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