Title: Father and Son
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Illustrator: Fabian Negrin
Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON
Themes: Advent, Christmas, Jesus, Baby Jesus, Fatherhood, Joseph, Creation, Wonder
One night after the birth of Jesus, Joseph is awake in the Bethlehem stable. Watching the baby, he wonders how he can help him, knowing that Jesus is no ordinary boy. He muses “How can I teach you to plane a door, knowing that it was you who planed the plains, who carved the valleys and hewed the hills . . . .”
This is one of the most beautiful Christmas stories that I’ve ever come across. Geraldine McCaughrean’s written a book from the perspective of Joseph, the father of the new born Jesus. As he sits by the manger and looks over the baby boy Joseph he asks himself how he, a mere man can father the one who created all of the world, the one who set the sun in the sky, filled the oceans with fish and who set the world rotating.
Geraldine’s story along with the stunning images of Fabian Negrin will bring a tear in the eye for some and a huge grin for others.
If you’re into Christmas stories then you should keep an eye out for a number of Geraldine’s books, she has a way with words and is prolific when it comes to good, substantial and well thought through stories.