Janine M Fraser lives on Phillip Island in Victoria for most of the
year, and three months of the year in Manhattan, New York. She
loves books, writing and travel and looks for stories wherever she
goes. Her previous books have been short-listed for the CBCA
awards, the NSW Premier's Award and the WA Premier's Award. Janine
is also a published poet. Sarah's Two Nativities is her
first book with Black Dog Books.
Helene Magisson began her artistic career as a painting restorer in Paris, where she was also trained in the art of medieval illumination. Helene has lived all over the world, including Africa, France and India. She loves to discover other cultures through their arts and customs. She now calls Australia home and has begun a new career of illustrating picture books, some of which have been CBCA Notables. Sarah's Two Nativities (written by Janine M Fraser) is her first book with Black Dog Books.
A book created by Janine Fraser and Helene Magisson, Sarah's Two Nativities shares an important message in a simple way, one that young children will understand.A perfect story for families everywhere to read at anytime, but especially at Christmas.* Kids' Book Review *
Sarah's Two Nativities has a timely release, ready for
Christmas. It is a story that will help children understand that
there are many different customs and beliefs, but listening and
taking time to understand people's differences will help us find
the things we have in common. It is so very important. In a world
where we have more and more distrust for those we see as
threatening our way of life, it helps us realise that we are all
able to live together if we just listen to each other's
This is a story suitable for children aged 4 and above. It would be a great catalyst for a good discussion in a classroom, especially in a world where teachers need to be careful to be inclusive of different faiths.
Sarah's situation is not an uncommon one - there are many
families where there are differing belief systems, and these are
often highlighted at this time of the year. Similarly, in our
classrooms where we share stories about the Nativity with children
who might hear a different version at home. How can the two be
reconciled? Grandmother Azar provides an answer that satisfies
Sarah and celebrates the richness of the two cultures her family
This is a beautifully illustrated story that is sensitively told and acknowledges that this is a special time of year for many, not just Christians, and that there can be bonds that are stronger than anything else.
Fraser deftly introduces the reader to both stories of Christ's birth while discreetly demonstrating that understanding difference is the best way to appreciate and accept it. By showing Sarah that both stories are in essence the same, her grandmothers allow her to embrace both as her favourite.Magisson's luxuriant illustrations saturate each page with deeply hued royal blues, muted greens and golds. They shimmer and sparkle reflecting hope and joy whilst fusing ancient times with contemporary expectations. The significance of celebrating faith, family and culture surges powerfully through both words and pictures yet is gentle enough for even the very young to marvel at and absorb. Highly recommended reading.* Dims Write Stuff *