To Hear the Angels Sing is a lullaby chronicling the birth of Jesus. After a spoken introduction - "And it came to pass / Mary gave birth / To the Son of God" - the reader is encouraged to sing the rest of the text, beginning with:
She gave Him birth in Bethlehem,
She gave Him birth in Bethlehem
among the hay and sod.
The cosw did low, the donkeys brayed,
donkeys brayed, donkeys brayed.
The cows did low, the donkeys brayed,
a shepherd blew his horn.
The repetitive text, loosely fashioned after the popular American folksong "Mary Had a Little Lamb," is gentle and quieting. Parents will enjoy lulling their child to sleep during the holiday season with this easily sung and brightly illustrated Christmas story.
A musical poem about Jesus' birth works in harmony with perky acrylic-and-watercolor pictures to sound a festive note. Relying on repetition, Nikola-Lisa's (Shake Dem Halloween Bones) words communicate the quiet anticipation and happiness of that holy night in Bethlehem... Young readers will immediately warm to Weber's (Harp O'Gold) playfully tweaked perspectives, merry angels and cheerful stable-dwellers. —Publishers Weekly
This simple, rhymed retelling of the Nativity story focuses on the wise men, animals, and other visitors who followed the star to the stable. The verses, with their repeating words, have a "Mary had a little lamb" cadence... The ebullient and colorful illustrations are full of child appeal, with kindly wise men and toothy, grinning animals. —School Library Journal