As Mr. Butterfield carves a Jesse Tree in a dusty old church, a curious young boy distracts him by asking about the various symbols on the tree. Against his inclination, thegruff old man finds himself retelling the familiar biblical tales that trace the family tree of Christ, from the Garden of Eden to Jesus’ birth. Under the carpenter’s skilled hands, the Jesse Tree grows?and an unlikely friendship begins to take root as well.
Geraldine McCaughrean’s fresh retellings of familiar Bible events and Bee Willey’s whimsical and striking illustrations create a rich and contemporary tale that will captivate readers who know and love these stories as well as readers who are discovering them for the first time.
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Geraldine McCaughrean has written more than a hundred booksfor children, including the award-winning Gilgames theHero (Eerdmans). In addition, she has won every majorprize for children's literature in England, including theCarnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, and the GuardianChildren's Fiction Award. Geraldine lives in England.
Bee Willey has worked in animation, advertising, andpublishing. Her first love is book illustration?she hasmore than twenty children's book in print?which she nowcombines with teaching at several colleges of art. Beelives in England.
K Up–This collection of celebrated Bible stories, often read in the days leading up to Christmas, is presented in an engaging and refreshing format. A cantankerous carpenter is distracted from his work of carving a Jesse tree in the local church by a talkative youth who isn't bothered by the man's gruff nature. John is fascinated by the craftsman's task, wanting to learn all about the Jesse tree, a traditional symbol of the Advent season. Mr. Butterfield whittles away at the family tree that traces Jesus's spiritual lineage, adding representative icons corresponding to particular stories to each branch. The curious boy encourages the old gentleman to relate the series of stories leading from the Garden of Eden directly to the birth of the Son of God in Bethlehem. Along with the holy family, many well-known Old Testament characters, including Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Ruth, David, and Elijah, appear in the carpenter's narration. The sacred stories are recited in the folksy speech expected of someone like Mr. Butterfield and are skillfully interwoven with the parallel tale of the blossoming friendship between the two unlikely companions. Charming illustrations of the narrator and his young friend, as well as biblical scenes, accompany the text. A spread showing the finished Jesse tree is featured at the beginning and end of the book. McCaughrean explains its origin in an introduction.–Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Book Description LION CHILDRENS PUBLI, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 745949355
Book Description LION CHILDRENS PUBLI, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0745949355