Reviews for Friendly Beasts


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Performed and narrated by Rebecca St. James. Vojtech pairs luminous but sentimental illustrations with the lyrics to the old English Christmas carol in this picture book/CD package. Donkey, cow, sheep, camel, and dove all sport satisfied expressions, proud of their part in welcoming the baby Jesus. Rebecca St. James s recording includes spoken narration of the carol, a musical rendition, and an additional song; sheet music is included.

----------------------
Kirkus Reviews 2012 May #2
The familiar, old English carol using the voices of the animals approaching the Nativity scene serves as the text in this attractively illustrated, large-format version. Each of the animals contributes something, from the donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem to the cow who gave up manger and hay to the sheep who provided wool for a blanket for the Christ Child. The dove who cooed the baby to sleep is a recurrent connecting device, appearing in the stable window on several pages and in flight on the endpapers, which show a contemporary scene of a snowy village with carolers surrounding a glowing Christmas tree. The illustrations convey accurate details in settings and costumes as well as amusing expressions on the faces of the friendly animals, but the cover design is diminished by an unnecessary coating of silvery-blue glitter on the animals. A large trim size provides illustrations large enough for use with a group, and the musical notation is provided along with a CD with spoken and sung versions of the text. As the only large-format edition of this carol currently in print, it will be a useful purchase for use with children at Christmas sing-alongs or church programs as well as at home. (Picture book/religion. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

----------------------
Kirkus Reviews 2012 September #2
The familiar, old English carol using the voices of the animals approaching the Nativity scene serves as the text in this attractively illustrated, large-format version. Each of the animals contributes something, from the donkey who carried Mary to Bethlehem to the cow who gave up manger and hay to the sheep who provided wool for a blanket for the Christ Child. The dove who cooed the baby to sleep is a recurrent connecting device, appearing in the stable window on several pages and in flight on the endpapers, which show a contemporary scene of a snowy village with carolers surrounding a glowing Christmas tree. The illustrations convey accurate details in settings and costumes as well as amusing expressions on the faces of the friendly animals, but the cover design is diminished by an unnecessary coating of silvery-blue glitter on the animals. A large trim size provides illustrations large enough for use with a group, and the musical notation is provided along with a CD with spoken and sung versions of the text. As the only large-format edition of this carol currently in print, it will be a useful purchase for use with children at Christmas sing-alongs or church programs as well as at home. (Picture book/religion. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

----------------------
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 September #2

Vojtech (The Story of the Easter Robin) illustrates a classic carol about the nativity seen from the animals' point of view. Each page contains one or two lines of the song and a full-page illustration in gorgeous purples, blues, and dusty reds, all suffused with golden light suggestive of divinity. Sheet music for the carol accompanies the book, as well as a CD performed by Grammy-winning Christian pop singer Rebecca St. James; its four tracks include both sung and narrated versions of the carol. Children will enjoy Vojtech's charming pictures while listening to the CD. Ages 4-up. (Oct.)

[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

----------------------
School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

PreS-Gr 2--A cow, a camel, a donkey, a dove, and a sheep eagerly share their part in the Nativity story in this picture-book version of the traditional English carol. Watercolor-and-ink illustrations are highlighted by close-up views of proudly smiling animal faces that break out of the frames and seem to speak directly to viewers. The cover is embellished with enough greenish glitter to attract young audiences. A CD with narration and a musical performance by Christian recording artist Rebecca St. James is part of the package. This title could definitely find a place in Christmas programs.--Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library

[Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

----------------------