The Raven's Gift

by Leona Novy Jackson
illustrated by Kelly Dupre
Snaptail Press, 2006
ISBN 978-0-9306-4318-6

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The Christmas Star leads us to the place where Jesus was born. On this most Holy Night, the animals sense something important is about to happen. We can feel their excitement and unrest in this book, while a mother cat searches frantically for her little lost kitten as two weary travelers enter the stable in Bethlehem.

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From Midwest Book Review: "... a very special picturebook retelling of the Nativity story where youngsters ages 3 through 7 can feel the restless anticipation of the animals and the worried concerns of mother cat for her little lost kitten. The lost is found in the midst of a miracle on a special night when Jesus is born and the first Christmas occurs. Kelly Dupre's superb artwork wonderfully enhanced Leona Novy's original and entertaining story about the love and care mothers have for their little ones—and the birth of the Baby Jesus."

Kelly says:

I really love working with animals, so it was a treat to carve the cats and barnyard animals for The Littlest Christmas Kitten. The Christmas story is so familiar, as are the images we all know and love—it was wonderful to have a chance to portray the fresh perspective of a very ordinary housecat and the creatures in the barnyard.

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