Bethlehem: With Words from the King James Bible

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Inspired by England's stained glass windows, artist Fiona French has created a stunning celebration of the birth od Jesus.

In the magnificent words of the Kings James Bible, the story of the first Christmas unfolds. Beginning on the road to Bethlehem, through the Holy Family's flight by night to Egypt, breeathtaking panoramas in a Kaleidoscope of colors illuminate the story's miraculous events and timeless beauty.

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Fiona French has written and illustrated many popular books for children. Among them are Snow White in New York, for which Ms. French won England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal; Amancy and Mr. Dry-Bone, one of England's Children's Books of the Year in 1992 and winner of the Sheffield Book Award; Little Inchkin; Lord of the Animals: A Miwok Indian Creation Myth; and most recently, Jamil's Clever Cat: A Folk Tale from Bengal. Ms French lives in Norfolk, England.

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Ages 4-8. An illustrator in search of the story of Jesus' birth could find no better source than the King James Version of the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew. As in many Christmas pageants for young children, relevant passages are drawn from the two gospels and presented word for word. There is no dumbing down of the language. French illustrates familiar scenes from the Christmas story in a series of double-page spreads inspired by stained-glass windows. Heavy black lines separate geometrically shaped blocks of vivid colors, which are all the more brilliant for their juxtaposition with the black. With its bright colors and bold composition, the art is particularly effective from a distance, which makes the book welcome for reading aloud to groups of children. An eye-catching interpretation of the Christmas story. Carolyn Phelan
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