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Cock-a-Doodle Christmas!
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47. Cock-a-Doodle Christmas!
(Marshall Cavendish, 2007)
Will Hillenbrand (Preschool-Grade 2)

When Old Rooster leaves the farm to live with his sister, young Harold takes over the job of waking the farm animals each morning. But Harold has a soft voice, and nobody can hear his cock-a-doodle-doo. Then one evening, the sky lights up and a miraculous birth takes place, causing Harold to shout the good news for all to hear.

In this Christmas story, Will Hillenbrand shows that even a small creature is changed by the birth of the Christ child.

“The text… reads like a folktale, making this an excellent story to read aloud, and the gouache, ink, and collage illustrations depict a humble but colorful farm. The animals all have personality but Harold is particularly winsome with his scrawny purple body and goggly yellow eyes. Sure to be a holiday favorite.”

School Library Journal

“The short story is smoothly told in energetic fashion, with lots of animal noises flowing across the page in enlarged, colored display type, and the explanation of the significance of the Nativity scene is particularly well-done.”

Kirkus Reviews