This book is a lushly illustrated poem version of a very old Christmas carol. The Animals' Christmas Carol is based on the medieval song, "The Friendly Beasts" --
Each of the stable animals reports a gift presented to the beloved Christ Child. In her poem based on the carol, the author expands the traditional list of animals to include a lion and a peacock, among others: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.
"I," said the dog, all black and white,And the illustrations! Heart-wrenchingly beautiful!
"I brought the sheep down from the hill tonight,
So the shepherds might follow your shining light,
I," said the dog, all black and white.