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Through the Animal Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas
Illustrator Christopher Wormell
Publisher Running Press Books

Through the Animal Eyes tells the Christmas story as seen by the animals who were there at Jesus’ birth. In each full-color woodcut illustration, different animals are featured most often in the foreground with the nativity events happening as backdrop. Rabbits and wolves hear the angels’ proclamation to the shepherds. Bees and wasps all witness some aspect of the nativity. Mice scurry past as Mary and Joseph are turned away from an inn. A spider oversees the gift giving of the wise men. A Syrian brown bear watches from a cliff top as Mary and Joseph flee with Jesus to Egypt. The text is sparing, briefly telling only the portion of the story pertinent to the illustration and never mentioning the animal witnesses. The last pages in the book include brief descriptions of each animal, all native to Judea.


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