"Welcome, Baby King of the Universe -
By your light I see..."
by Marilyn Nelson
This week I popped into Island Books to see if they had Manger, Lee Bennett Hopkins new anthology of poems. They didn't have it, but assured me they could get it in a day or two. When it arrived yesterday, I got an email from the owner, instead of the usual phone call notifying me that the book was in. I like to think that Roger stopped and read my copy when it arrived, and that he immediately ordered 25 copies for the store. I'm tucking my copy into my bag for NCTE and hoping to get some autographs from poets at the convention .
If you're a crazy collector of Christmas books like me, then call your favorite indie bookstore and place your order. I know I first read about the book here at Poetry Friday. Whoever nudged me to request a copy, thank you. The poems are written by the animals in celebration of the birth of the Savior's birth. You'll fall in love with the lavish illustrations by Helen Cann. You'll celebrate the birth of Christ with the animals and the poets. You'll need to buy copies for all your friends!