"In Nikki Grimes's vibrant narrative, Mary's life is made palpable: the hard work she
must have performed, the foods she must have prepared, the physical pain and
tumultuous emotions she must have felt, the luminous faith that sustained her.
Throughout, Grimes is careful not to stray beyond the events and characters
portrayed in Scripture while she brings Mary's life near to us, making her story
startling fresh and powerful."