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Mary's Song de Lee Bennett Hopkins

Mary's Song (edição: 2012)

de Lee Bennett Hopkins (Autor)

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In the stillness of a Bethlehem stable, after the sheperds and animals leave, Mary sings a lullaby to her newborn son, enjoying the wonder and awe of his birth and pondering what his life will bring.
Título:Mary's Song
Autores:Lee Bennett Hopkins (Autor)
Informação:Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2012), 32 pages
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Mary's Song de Lee Bennett Hopkins


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Mary's Song
"Mary's Song" by Lee Bennett Hopkins is a story that tells about the birth of Jesus, but it explains Mary's point of view on what was going to happen to her and how she will have a child named Jesus.

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I love the pictures and how they are very colorful. I absolutely would read this book around Christmas time.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1.I would read this book to my students around Christmas time and kinda teach them about why we celebrate Christmas.
2. I would have the kids color pictures of animals.
  JessicaHerriage21 | Apr 23, 2017 |
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This book has beautiful illustrations, but the beginning doesn't really make sense. It turns out it is quite poetic, and after reading it a time or two the reader can understand she it is going, but I don't think children would "get it". However, it's so quick to read and lovely to look at that it may not matter to kids. ( )
  dolphari | Jan 1, 2013 |
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I really liked the illustrations for this book. They are in a style I like, not strictly realistic, but enough so that kids can easily see what they are. I'm not as attached, however, to the actual story. As an adult I was a bit confuse by the beginning (I went back to make sure I hadn't missed a page) and I don't think a young child will really "get" the story. It would make a nice addition to a collection of Christmas stories, but it isn't the first book I'd get. ( )
  KarenElissa | Oct 14, 2012 |
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Picture books, with their beautiful blend of words and pictures, somehow seem uniquely suited to celebrate the wonder of the Word made flesh. In Mary’s Song, author Lee Bennett Hopkins and artist Stephen Alcorn have teamed up to create a picture book that radiates wonder and reverence for the miracle of Jesus’ birth.

Hopkins, a well-known poet, creates a simple, lyrical poem for the text. The words are all from Mary’s perspective. We know from Scripture that Mary “pondered” much in her heart about the great events in which she was participating. That kind of pondering takes poetic form here as she recounts the various people and creatures who rejoice – sometimes noisily! – in the birth of her baby. She herself simply longs for time to be still and rejoice, to simply hold her little one in the quiet and wonder anew over his coming. In the final pages of the book, as she cradles him close, that is the moment we’re given.

Even more than Hopkins’ words, Alcorn’s beautiful pictures invite us to marvel anew over Jesus’ birth. Each sketch is rendered in various media (colored pencil and crayon seem to predominate) on a creamy ivory background. The color palette seems especially royal, with many hues of reds and blues shading into purple, and plenty of lighter yellow or golden touches, though homespun brown has its place in these sketches too. The drawings themselves seem to have been crafted with a light, almost unfinished touch, as though the artist himself moves lightly and wonderingly in the face of the mystery. There are almost no solid colors; the sketches instead are made of many long, flowing lines, crisscrossed with other darker lines to blend the colors almost impressionistically and to give a sense of texture and movement.

Some of the best pictures are the simplest, with Mary holding her baby close. The blue of Mary’s cloak and her lightly sketched halo recalls the beauty of medieval art. The final pages especially seem to follow that kind of reverential iconography, though the two-page spread decorated with the words “awe,” “joy,” and “wonder” also recall to mind the simplicity of an old-fashioned Christmas card.

This would be a lovely book for families to share during the advent and Christmas seasons. Even very young children will likely respond to the beauty of its gentle, glowing artistry, though the poetic text feels a little sophisticated for the very young. That’s especially true early on when Hopkins refers somewhat cryptically to the noises that Mary associates with the events around Jesus’ birth. “It wasn’t the angel Gabriel./His voice was so quiet…It wasn’t the trip to Bethlehem./Joseph and I were weary…It didn’t start the moment he was born…It began suddenly./First there were mumblings from simple shepherds…”

It took me a couple of readings to realize that he was setting up a quiet/noisy contrast. That may have been because I had somehow unconsciously prepared myself, because of the book’s title, for something more like the Magnificat (Mary’s song in the gospel of Luke). Instead, this poem’s voice reflects the pondering, worn but dazzled Mary on the very night of Jesus’ birth – a sacred moment that any woman who has ever had a child can relate to in some respect, though magnified a thousandfold and more because of the very special nature of this birth. ( )
  greenglasspoet | Oct 10, 2012 |
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Beautiful pastel illustrations make you think of a quiet night when a child is in his mother's arms. The poetry that accompanied the illustrations however left me wanting. Not exactly what I was expecting and I'm not sure children would enjoy the dialogue.
  mandyjcummings | Sep 23, 2012 |
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