Lullaby for the King

By Nikki Grimes
Illustrators Illustrated by Michelle Carlos Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher 1517 Media Imprint Beaming Books ISBN


Lullaby for the King

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From New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes comes a spellbinding, poetic new take on the nativity story, sure to become a holiday classic.

An awe-inspiring Christmas tale from multi-award-winning poet Nikki Grimes.

The caravan traveled through wilderness, uphill and down, for hours that spun into days.

Then at last, glittering diamond-bright, Bethlehem appeared through the haze.

With glittering poetry and stunning watercolor artwork, Lullaby for the King ushers readers into the awe and wonder of the Christmas story. Animals from across the ancient Palestinian landscape lumber, gambol, crawl, fly, and parade toward Bethlehem with gifts worthy of the newborn King. Rare ebony wood, a finely tuned harp, mustard and saffron, a zither, apricot cakes, and other treasures are carried to the manger. The animals bow low and join the music of the angels in a welcoming lullaby.

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes and illustrator Michelle Carlos bring together a captivating tale of awe, wonder, and imagination that is sure to become a holiday classic.

“Lullaby for the King” music and lyrics. Full-color illustrations.
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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 4—This book teases the imagination to envision the role of the natural world in the Christmas story. Creatures from near and far gather their special gifts and travel to honor the birth of a sacred child. An enchanting menagerie hears the exciting news and begins the journey to deliver their offerings to celebrate the occasion. Antelopes, jackals, ostriches, and crocodiles are a few of the creatures who figure prominently in bringing gifts to the king. Readers might enjoy trying to predict what gifts each animal will bring, and then revel in the stunning contributions of each: grains of mustard, shofars, and zithers are among the glorious offerings. Readers of all ages will be drawn in by the exotic creatures and vibrant colors that enhance this lovely tale. The illustrations in this beautiful book are sumptuous. While it is certainly a soothing visual treat for bedtime, the story also offers amazing vocabulary-building opportunities for growing readers, with words such as gamboled, electrum, and narcissus. VERDICT Another winner by Grimes that is sure to become a new classic.—Darby Wallace

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