This delightful retelling of the Christmas story in a contemporary Latin American setting is by Aquiles Nazoa, one of the most famous poets of Venezuela. Ana Palmero Caceres, a young Venezuelan artist and designer, has enriched the text with marvelous, densely symbolic paintings presented as a series of altarpieces adorned with gold leaf. She uses decorative symbols as well as flora and fauna native to the Americas to tell the story of humble Mary and Joseph seeking a place for the birth of their child. This version of the Nativity speaks to a dual heritage, simultaneously reminding us of a medieval manuscript and of the rich, natural and symbolic culture of the Americas.
...fascinating...A worthy addition to the mountain of Christmas picture books. - Kirkus Reviews
A poem of few but well-chosen words, its simple beauty-in language and meaning-shines out...the accompanying illustrations are rich embellishments...freighted with symbolism and meaning...This small book, little more than a handful in size, is rich in both imagery and story. - Globe and Mail
...this small jewel is a Latin American retelling of the Nativity Story juxtaposing contemporary and medieval time periods. Intricate illustrations integrate contemporary Latin American characters with period scenes... - REFORMA
...richly colored art successfully combines traditional symbols of Christianity with images of Latin America flora and fauna...its respectful reach across cultures and centuries is wide. - Horn Book
...vividly colored illustrations...Libraries looking for a slightly different approach to the Nativity might consider this pint-sized yet vivid book. - School Library Journal
A Small Nativity is a unique addition to the large collection of children's books depicting the birth of Christ...poetic. - CM Magazine
The formal poses of the characters and the intensity of the jewel-bright colors create a distinctive look for this fresh interpretation of the familiar story. - Booklist
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