"With a poet's word-sensitivity, Mary Lee Wile imparts in this children's book what basic to science and religion, both: a sense of awe and wonder. In telling the Epiphany story of a likable shepherd boy's journey with three "strange men" to the Birth, Mary Lee's text imparts the mystery of light and darkness, coldness and warmth, finite and infinite. Her language draws us into the story and is fresh: wise men trudge, camels plod, angels are heard (not seen) - and the skies "sing." She evokes Hebrew and Greek scriptures - and great hymns as well. In the story's conclusion, the author gracefully brings the cosmic and the human together; and reveals the deepest truth of all: that the heart of the universe is warm. The kinship of the author with her niece illustrator is reflected in the spiritual "fit" of text and art work."
-The Rev. Al Niese
"I found the story well-told and the illustrations charming. I can see multiple uses for this title in Sunday school classes and in religious schools' libraries. It's a wonderful new Christmas story and a good springboard for talking with young children about the true meaning of the Christmas story."
c Library, York, Main