This story is another version of the magi traveling to Bethlehem. However, in a creative twist, this story is from a horse’s point of view. Ms. Brent, the author, took several traditional thoughts of how the magi traveled and came up with a horse, a camel and an elephant. Each magi and each animal has it’s own strength as they make the journey following the star. Bright, colorful pictures enhance the story allowing imaginations to wonder with the magi. Traditional Bible verses are spread throughout sharing the centuries old story. At the end of the story, Ms. Brent shares where she came up with the idea of the three animals. I can truly see young children enjoying this horse’s story. I know I plan on sharing it with the 3 year old grandson as we celebrate the wonder of the season. This is a terrific book to show this part of the Christmas story.
The Christmas horse is on a journey to meet baby Jesus! Join him and his animal friends with the three wise men as they cross snow-capped mountains, swift rivers, and hot deserts to reach the peaceful stable in Bethlehem where baby Jesus lies in a manger. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as captured by Isabelle Brent’s stunning illustrations and experience the wonder as the pure-hearted animals and the wise men finally meet their savior and king.
The journey of the Three Wise Men following the star is here told from the point of view of the three courageous animals that carried them: Safanad the horse, Gamali the camel, and Simbalo the elephant. Each one comes from a different land and possesses a unique skill. Together there is no challenge they cannot overcome in their quest to find baby Jesus. Verses from the Gospel help to tell the story. Also included in the illustrations are birds connected through legend with the life and wisdom of Christ.
Age Range: 4 - 8 years / Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3