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The Christmas Knight

Curry, Jane Louise

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ISBN 10: 0689505728 / ISBN 13: 9780689505720
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Book, 1993
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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The Christmas Knight by Jane Louise Curry, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan-First edition. Hardback story/picture book has some light indentations on rear cover-otherwise is quite clean and in near new condition. Dust jacket has indentations-overall good and in a Brodart protector-looks quite respectable. NOT AN EX-LIB!. Bookseller Inventory # 29786

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Title: The Christmas Knight

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Book

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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While praying beneath a bare cherry tree, a branch covered with ripe, red cherries drops on the head of the impoverished Sir Cleges, setting off a chain of wonderful consequences in a Christmas story based on a fifteenth-century tale.

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Retelling a story found in ``a fifteenth-century manuscript in the Advocates Library in Edinburgh,'' Curry shows her way with words: ``Good Sir Cleges housed the homeless. He fed the foodless. He helped the hapless.'' Eventually, the good knight's feasts for the poor drive him and his family end into poverty. One wintry day, after Sir Cleges humbles himself by admitting he loved the praise gained by his good works, a blessing befalls him--a cherry bough laden with fruit, which he carries to King Uther. Thus he becomes the ``Christmas Knight,'' whose charity is sponsored by royalty. DiSalvo-Ryan's watercolors offer more depth and detail than usual in her work; her evocation of the setting is quite nice, though she flattens the perspective abruptly on one page (some of the merry folk in the foreground are smaller than people in the background). Also, the furniture in this scene is placed differently two pages later. For those who can overlook such idiosyncrasies: a fine first taste of knightly valor. (Picture book. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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