I bought this for baby Ruby who will be three next year. I love for her to be surrounded by books. I don't care if she eats them, uses them to build castles, snuggles into bed with them - I just want her to learn to love them. When I picked this book up it was because of the beauty of the artwork. I was pleased to see the pictures of the animals, particularly the dog. She loves the word 'puppy' and loves identifying them in the world and in books. Then I read the story and found myself quite deeply and profoundly moved. What a lovely book. What a lovely sentiment. I hope Ruby treasures her copy, because I'm going to treasure mine.
This is a lovely book. Stable animals offer a place of rest for other animals they normally would not get along with. Then there is a place for a weary donkey....who brings Mary. Jesus is born. Beautiful illustrations. My 8 year old daughter enjoyed it. I will be buying it for my 4 year old nephew for next x-mas.