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Little One, We Knew You'd Come    by Sally Lloyd-Jones & Jackie Morris order for
Little One, We Knew You'd Come
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This gorgeously illustrated picture book celebrates the anticipation of any birth, and in particular a very special birth, that of baby Jesus. The cover image reflects the intensity of feeling that any mother has for her newborn infant.

It begins with an image of Joseph leading Mary on a donkey: 'Little one, / we knew you'd come. / We hoped. / We dreamed. / We watched for you. / We counted the days till you were due. / We waited. How we longed for you, / And the day that you were born.' It continues with the parents lovingly preparing for the birth, and reflects their joy - and that of a myriad of creatures in the stable - when it happens. Then, 'every year, we remember you, / Our miracle child, our dreams come true. / Oh, how we thank Heaven for you, / And the day that you were born.'

Little One, We Knew You'd Come is both an ode to Christmas, and a reminder of how much parents celebrate their children on all their birthdays. Young readers will appreciate this lovely re-telling of the Christmas story, as well as the reminder of how much they themselves were - and are - treasured.

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