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The Animals' Christmas
The Animals' Christmas

The Animals' Christmas

By Elena Pasquali, Illustrated by Giuliano Ferri


Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, (US $8.99) (CA $10.99)

Publication Date: September 2011

ISBN 9780745962498

Rights: US & CA

Lion Hudson (Sep 2011)
Lion Children's Books


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A retelling of the Nativity story, in which animals gather in peace around the manger

From the annunciation to the first Christmas night, this story reflects the message of peace at the heart of the season. As Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men set off on their journeys towards Bethlehem, the animals that they pass including a goat, ox, wolf, leopard, and lion begin to follow out of curiosity. When Mary and Joseph find a place to shelter in the stable and baby Jesus is born, the animals gather around the manger, creating the perfect scene of the "peaceable kingdom" in which all creation lives in harmony together.


"An accessible Nativity story."  —Publishers Weekly 

"Pasquali does a nice job of adding just a little to what the Bible says by way of speech, making the story fresh and appealing." —Christian Children's Book Review

Author Biography

Elena Pasquali is the author of numerous books, including Day Is Done, The Lion Little Book of Bedtime Stories, The Lion Nursery Bible, and The Lion Book of Two-Minute Parables. Giuliano Ferri is an artist, an animator, and an award-winning illustrator of many children's books, including  nt and Grasshopper, The Apple King, Best Friends, and Nino's Magical Night. He is also the author and illustrator of Little Tad Grows Up; Mummy, Mummy, Where Are You?; and Night, Night, Sleep Tight!