Hallelujah: A Christmas Celebration

by W. Nikola-Lisa and Synthia Saint James

This original, rhymed poem recounts the traditional Christmas story. The refrain... read more

This original, rhymed poem recounts the traditional Christmas story. The refrain for each stanza joyfully repeats, “And a black baby Jesus--Hallelujah!” The primary colors and distinct shapes in Saint James’ paintings reverently picture a black family, angels, shepherds, and royal gift bearers. Young children will want to hear this particular version of the story repeatedly. They will notice that each stanza names a color in the accompanying picture, such as a “plum-purple sky,” the “yew-green hills,” a “cake-white wall,” a “sky-blue scarf,” a “slate-gray donkey,” and a “red velvet canopy.” (Ages 3-6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

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