Hurry! Hurry! Have You Heard? by Laura Krauss Melmed is a paradox.
On the one hand it is beautifully illustrated, with cute animals scurrying all about, a manger scene with soft hay and a doting mother, and lovely outdoor images of huge mounds of snow and pine trees covered with ice. It also has cute, rhyming verses that talk about a baby and about God and about nature.
On the other hand, nothing in this book rings true with the biblical account of the birth of Christ. Pine trees don't grow in the Middle East, and snow four inches deep certainly doesn't fall in Bethlehem. The Bible says nothing about animals from the forest coming in to witness the Savior's birth, much less animals wearing scarves, hats, and bells, and playing horns. And "swaddling clothes" in this book is interpreted as a carefully woven wool cap with a matching set of designer footie pajamas. But where is Joseph, and where are the shepherds?
So, the bottom line is, if you just want a lightweight, fantasy about forest animals and bugs coming to see a newborn baby, then this book won't disappoint you. However, if you are looking for a book that may present the true Christmas story to your child or grandchild, this book won't meet those needs. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Everyone remembers the friendly beasts of the stable at Christmas but what of the creatures of field and forest? From her perch in the rafters a small bird's heart fills with love. Out over the countryside she flies carrying the glad tidings. Bunny and fox mole and mouse hummingbird and tortoise spider and ladybug all hurry to the stable to welcome the new baby. And what a noisy greeting they give! In lilting lyric verse and magical watercolor paintings Laura Krauss Melmed and Jane Dyer give us a Christmas treasure sure to be a family favorite year after year after year.