If you haven't seen the Christmas anthology, Manger [J 811.008 MAN], with poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, I'd say you're in for a treat. From the animals, on the endpapers, illustrated by Helen Cann, to the simple but moving poems throughout, this would be a lovely book to read to a child on Christmas Eve. The premise of the collection is that animals received the gift of speech on the night Christ was born.
I have no doubt that even the youngest child can appreciate this gem of a poem:
Littlest GoatBefore you go off to visit Buffy's Blog for the Poetry Friday Round-Up, I want to wish you love and happiness during this holiday season, and peace and justice in the coming new year!
by Alice Schertle
Donkey pushed in front of me.
I couldn't see at all.
Bossy Sheep said, "Go Outside!
No jumping in the stall!"
But Mary smiled and Joseph rubbed
my muzzle with his staff
when I jumped over Donkey's back
and made the baby laugh.
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