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Amahl and the Night Visitors Hardcover – September 15, 1986

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From Publishers Weekly

The honored composer tells the story of his most famous opera, inspired by his own miraculous recovery from lameness as a child. A poor, crippled boy Amahl and his mother are dazzled by the three kings on the way to Bethlehem on the first Christmas Eve. Amahl's mother welcomes the royal sojourners who rest in the small, bare house where love and faith work miracles during the night. Wonders appear to mesmerize the reader on every page, glorified by Lemieux's paintings. In color, in feeling, the illustrations are so right that one all but sees and hears the opera in performance. Menotti's wit and reverence are reflected in the artist's visions, creating a classic Christmas book.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Gian Carlo Menotti was born in 1911 in a mountain village in northern Italy. He began composing at age five and had written his first opera before he was eleven. As a little boy, he was miraculously cured of lameness by a pilgrimage to the nearby Sactuary of Sacro Monte. This was the genesis for Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera ever commisioned for television.

Mr. Menotti is the composer of twenty operas, including The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street, both of which won Pulitzer Prizes. In 1958, he founded The Festival of Two Worlds, a celebration of the arts in Spoleto, Italy, with counterparts in Charleston, South Carolina, and Melbourne, Australia.

For his lifetime achievement in the arts, Mr. Menotti recently recieved the Kennedy Center Honors award. He lives in Scotland.

Michele Lemieux was born in Quebec in 1955 and has worked as an illustrator of books and magazines in Toronto, Paris, Freiburg (Germany), and Montreal, where she now lives. An artist with a considerable reputation in Europe, her adaptation of Peter and the Wolf and her illustrated version of There Was an Old Man. . . , by Edward Lear, have recently been published by Morrow.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (September 15, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688054269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688054267
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This lovely Christmas book is based on Menotti's own cure of lameness as a child in 1911 Italy. In this book, Amahl, the lame boy, meets up with the Wise Men on the way to Bethlehem. His poor mother and he give the Wise Men a place to bed down for the night and Amahl is repaid for his faith by being cured and going with the Wise Men to meet the Christ Child. This delightful Christmas story is full of mystery and awe, reinforced well by the full color illustrations. This book belongs on every child's bookshelf and makes an excellent Christmas gift for six to eleven year olds. I am a church librarian and bought this book for our church library.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Wiant on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This gorgeously illustrated storybook has become the favorite part of my Christmas, since I found it 8 years ago. As an elementary music teacher I found this to be a fabulous way to introduce opera to my 4th grade classes. Each year I read the story to them inserting selected vocal works from the opera. This allows the children to hear the words spoken first, preparing them for the selections from the opera.

I would encourage anyone who wishes to teach their children about opera to purchase this book along with a quality audio recording. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By xxdna on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this to give to my six year old granddaughter along with the audio CD. The exquisite artwork and authentic text are perfect to help her understand the story. A truly beautiful book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee R. on January 21, 2012
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Enjoyed this story as a child and looking forward to sharing this with my grandchildren. A Christmas story of selflessnes and honor and wanting to do the right thing. How can you go wrong? Love the graphics, too. I would highly recommend.
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