The Newborn Child
By Jackie Morris
A story of first motherhood and love for a newborn child who will change the world forever
“He was born while the full moon travelled
across the heavens and the waiting world turned.
She held him close, his skin warm against hers,
in the circle of her mother’s love, safe.”
A beautiful and lyrical Nativity story, focusing on the thoughts, hopes and fears of a young mother-to-be, about to give birth in a strange land.
Oct 5, 2016
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"A lyrical retelling, exploring the hopes and fears of the young mother-to-be, stunningly realised in watercolours and gold leaf."
Fiona Noble - The Bookseller
"This gentle, loving and vibrantly illustrated retelling of the Nativity presents a slightly more universal story of a woman and her baby without directly mentioning Jesus, Mary and Joseph, although it is obvious that this is what the book is about. Visually stunning and brimming with flowers, peacock feathers, birds and butterflies, as well as the more usual iconography, Jackie Morris adds an image-rich layer of fruitfulness and bountiful love to this most famous story."
School Library Journal
Author and Illustrator
Jackie Morris is internationally admired for her imaginative and atmospheric picture books, illustrated with watercolours and often with a fantasy dimension. Her previous books include The Snow Leopard, The Ice Bear and Tell Me a Dragon. Her books The Seal Children, New Born Child and One Cheetah, One Cherry were published by Otter-Barry Books in 2016. In 2019 she was awarded the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for her work on The Lost Words. Jackie Morris lives in St. David's, Pembrokeshire.