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The Friendly Beasts: An Old English Christmas Carol

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
“Jesus our brother kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around him stood
Jesus our brother, kind and good”

Join a cow, a camel, a dove, a donkey, and a sheep as they explain what gifts they brought the son of God on the very first Christmas. The Friendly Beasts offers a new way to look at the birth of Jesus through beautiful, memorable illu
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Zonderkidz
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Margaret Chind
Sep 24, 2012 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: Candice Frederick
Starting with a sparkly textured cover I’m already excited. As a song that I have loved from my childhood Christmas memories I’m looking forward to sharing this with my girls again and again. I will definitely be wanting to get my hands on a real copy. The illustrations bring the song and story to life and each page provides images worth examining and imagining. I have to say though that I’ve never seen a blonde version of Mary, so that was unique.

The CD has four tracks including Rebecca singing
Anna Anderson
Nov 28, 2016 Anna Anderson rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations. The carol is sweet, but basically gives the animals credit for brining Jesus into the world.
Jul 14, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books, christmas
I didn't realize it was a Christmas book until I started reading it last night. I didn't notice the sub-title of the book until after I was done reading the book. Haha. So, we made it Christmas in July last night!

It was actually a really cute book. All the animals describe how they helped out the night Jesus was born. The rhyme was pretty easy to read. It wasn't until the very end of the book where the last line repeated on two different pages that I realize it was really set up to be a song.

I w
My little one really liked this title. I thought the illustrations of the animals were strange... especially their teeth and mouths. C thought it was hilarious when the cow was "going to lick baby Jesus." However, I don't think that is what the illustrator was going for.
Nov 23, 2012 Peacegal rated it liked it
Shelves: humane-education
Animals were included in the Christian story of the Nativity, and this traditional carol focuses upon their perspective of the events. This would be a fine book for outreach to Christian communities with the animal welfare message.
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