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Liesbet Slegers

Dear Librarian:

When I was little, I drew almost every day. During my studies, I developed my way of drawing: simple forms with bright, shiny colours and I've kept at that. 

With THE CHILD IN THE MANGER, I wanted to tell the story of Christmas for very young children and couldn't find such a book: the story in a very simple version, with a modern look. Attractive for parents and children. Even though it's a very old story, the illustrations didn't have to look 'old'. Now, it has become my new, own version of the story.

I also wanted to show the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is the birthday of Jesus. Children know the word 'birthday' very well and so I worked to tell the story on their level, putting the joy and warmth of Christmas in the picture.

I hope you will enjoy reading this book, as I do with my own little children, under the Christmas tree!  Care to take a peek?  Email for a review copy.

Happy holidays,
Liesbet Slegers

"Few Christmas books connect the Nativity story to the contemporary celebration of the holiday in such an accessible and cheerful way." —Kirkus Reviews

"Such childlike freshness and accessibility should give this joyous volume broad appeal." —Publishers Weekly

The Child in the Manger / Liesbet Slegers / Clavis Books

Price: $15.95 / ISBN: 978-1605370842 / Published: October, 2010

Ages 3-8 / Picture book

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