The history of the beloved Christmas carol is celebrated through lush illustrations, from it's humble beginning as the voice of the poor and downtrodden, to it's journey across cultures touching people from all over the world.
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Wener Thuswaldner lives in Salzburg, Austria. Robert Ingpen lives in Anglesea, Australia.From Booklist:
K-Gr. 3. The history of the internationally known Christmas carol, Silent Night--how it was composed and first sung, and its connections across time and place--is celebrated in this handsome, oversize picture book. The young priest who wrote the poem and the composer who set it to music first performed their carol one Christmas in the early nineteenth century as a gift for their poverty-stricken, war-torn Austrian village. Ingpen (a Hans Christian Andersen Medal winner) evokes the old European masters in moving portraits as well as crowded candlelit interiors. One heartbreaking spread, in shades of gray and brown, reconstructs the famous World War I Christmas truce, when enemies sang the carol together and then went back to killing. In contrast, the outdoor carol-singers, past and present, are painted in radiant color. Occasional overwriting ("visionary inspiration") notwithstanding, the history and the art make this a great holiday title, an elemental Christmas tale of humble beginnings and universal power. Hazel Rochman
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