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Library : Book Reviews > The Christmas Bird

The Christmas Bird
By Sallie Ketcham
Illustrated by: Stacey Schuett

Review by: Lori Plach

     Why do robins have red breasts? Why do robins fly south in the winter? Have you ever been asked that question or wondered yourself. The Christmas Bird attempts to answer these questions in its own way.
      The story begins in a tiny village in Palestine. This bird isn't like all the others in the fact that she doesn't know the way south so is left alone in this town to endure the harsh winters. She finds a stable so she can warm herself. As she enters she meets a cow who tells her to quiet down and not wake the sleeping baby. The bird is startled to find a baby lying in a manger. The baby's mother says its a beautiful night to be born, since there its a star filled night. More visitors arrive in the form of shepherds. The chilled bird moves yet closer to the fire, and flaps her wings until the flames roar with warmth.
      The robin soon realizes that in her effort to keep the baby from getting too cold, her breasts is singed and is deep red in color. The baby's mother tells the bird that when she flies away in the morning she should keep the morning sun over your left wind and you will be going south. The mother assures robin that she will always remember the kindness that the bird has shown in her heart. The bird tells her children and grandchildren how her breast became red on that cold night in Palestine.
     The whole family will delight in this amusing story with Nativity scene
basis to the talking animals. Courage, kindness and love are lessons to
be learned from The Christmas Bird.

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