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B Is for Bethlehem: A Christmas Alphabet Hardcover – September 6, 1990

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Originally written for second graders to perform, this rhyming alphabet introduces events, people, animals, and words associated with Christmas. Mixed-media collages use watercolor, cut paper, and fine lines to depict in a folk-art style the many tableaux. The background of each double-page spread features one color decorated in tiny starbursts of dots with rectangles of text and picture. Each couplet can be easily memorized by seven or eight year olds and would make a unique program; however, it would be a shame to miss the brightly colored, richly textured illustrations.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Isabel Wilner, the daughter of missionaries, lived her early years in China and the Phillipines. She spent her career as a librarian, and it was her work with children that brought her to write B Is for Bethlehem. She died in 2012. Elisa Kleven has been creating with her hands since she was a young child. She has illustrated more than 30 children's books, and enjoys the opportunity to bring imaginary worlds to life. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st edition (September 6, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525446222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525446224
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maureen D. Brown-petracca on May 24, 2001
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This is a wonderful book for both children and adults. It was written by a second grade teacher for her class to perform and it goes through each letter of the alphabet in order telling the Christmas story. "A is for Augustus who sent out the decree..." I originally discovered it because it was recommended in "The Godparent Book", when I found the library I was in awe. It is one of the few intelligent books the aims to tell the who Christmas story without dumbing it down or putting in overly cutetsy or sentimental pictures. The pictures are lavish and brightly colored. It goes far beyond the standard alphabet format so that even adults will enjoy reading and re-reading it year after year. My family reads one Christmas story every day leading upto the 25th, this is a definate must have for your collection if you do the same thing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1998
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This is a beautifully illustrated book with a simple and wonderful text. I find it a joyful experience to look at the colorful and interesting illustrations. I share it with my daughter, but I purchased the book for myself!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1998
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This book is beautifully written and illustrated. It depicts the glory of the Christmas season. Not only is this my favorite Christmas story for children, it is also my daughters' favorite Christmas story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Childs on February 16, 2008
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This bright and brilliant book won much acclaim in the book world when it was first published. The paintings are nothing less than a celebration themselves, simply bursting with joy with their rich, colorful folk art. This book goes through the alphabet, using each letter to focus on some aspect of the birth of Jesus, and the celebration surrounding it. Wonderful fun to look at, and to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mom2three on December 15, 2008
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We have owned this book for a few years. The illustrations are gorgeous. Because it is a board book, the target market seems to be babies and toddlers. However, my 6 and 4 year old are especially enjoying it this year. The illustrations are so detailed that they spend time studying them. Also, the alphabet verses are more sophisticated than the average "A is for apple" book. I would recommend this book for preschoolers through early school years, and I anticipate that we will enjoy it every Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherard Haas on November 9, 2006
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I was a media specialist/librarian for 12 years and enjoyed using this book with young students. I purchased it in board book format for my young grand daughter and I was very pleased. Wonderful illustrations/wonderful text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Violinist on April 15, 2007
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Delightful and thoroughly biblical telling of the Nativity. Engaging pictures. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan K. Snipes on November 29, 2005
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Children enjoy alphabet books, rhyming couplets and the story of Christ Jesus' birth, so this book combines three winning elements. In addition, the illustrations are especially appealing. I frequently give this book as a gift and highly recommend it. When my twenty-something daughter saw my copy of this book, she wanted one, too. You won't be disappointed.
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