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The Life of Jesus in Masterpieces of Art (Viking Kestrel picture books) Hardcover – September 28, 1998

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Grade 3-5-Retelling portions of the New Testament, this simplified, rhythmic text is printed in a large, elegant typeface and is sumptuously illustrated with an interesting variety of art reproductions. Included are paintings and pictures from books of hours, breviaries, and a choir book, all glowing with rich colors and arranged dynamically in a number of shapes and sizes. Among the artists represented are Giotto, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Breughel, Poussin, and Veronese. The story of Jesus's early life includes the Annunciation, Nativity, Wise Men, Slaughter of the Innocents, Flight into Egypt, and Visit to the Temple. Accounts of Jesus's baptism, temptations by the Devil, and a few of the better-known miracles and parables follow. The book concludes with a succinct version of Holy Week and Jesus's resurrection and ascension. No scripture references are given. All is woven together smoothly into a continuous narrative. A section reproducing the pictures in miniature and identifying them by title, artist, and date appears at the end.
Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 4^-7, younger for reading aloud. Osborne tells the story of Jesus with a clear, beautiful narrative of events selectively chosen from the Gospels of the New Testament and with splendid reproductions of paintings by Botticelli, Hieronymus Bosch, Fra Angelico, and other famous Renaissance artists. The words are simple and direct (Joseph wanted "to break his engagement" when he found out that Mary was going to have a baby); at the same time, Osborne retains the reverence and mystery ("Unto you is born a savior, which is Christ the lord," the angel tells the shepherds). The Sermon on the Mount and the Lord's Prayer are quoted in full, woven into the life story. Along with the stirring words are the famous pictures, which children and adults will return to again and again, just as they have done for hundreds of years. The design of the oversize book is great for sharing, with thick paper and large type. On each double-page spread, there is usually one full-page painting opposite a page of text with one or more small inset pictures. At the back of the book, spread over four pages, is the key to the pictures, each small color reproduction captioned with its title, artist, and date. Osborne points out that the pictures date from a time when most people were illiterate, when they learned about the life of Jesus through paintings, sculpture, and stained glass windows. This is a great crossover book, to bring the story to those who don't know it well, and to bring to everyone these masterpieces of narrative art. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Series: Viking Kestrel picture books
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670873136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670873135
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ABOUT MAGIC TREE HOUSE®:
Widely regarded among parents, teachers, and librarians for its power to instill a passion for reading, Mary Pope Osborne's award-winning Magic Tree House series is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 120 million books worldwide since its debut in 1992, and has been translated into 32 different languages in over 30 international markets. There are currently 51 Magic Tree House books and 28 Fact Trackers, the nonfiction companions to the fiction titles. All Magic Tree House books are available in print, as ebooks and Listening Library audio books, which are all narrated by Mary Pope Osborne. Visit www.MagicTreeHouse.com for more information about the series, activities, and more.

The Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program is a free, comprehensive set of online educational resources for teachers developed by Mary Pope Osborne as gift to teachers, to thank them for their enthusiastic support of the series. Complete with lesson plans, curriculum guides, and creative activities, the Classroom Adventures Program incorporates every book in the series, including the nonfiction Fact Tracker titles, enabling teachers to build upon students' interest in Jack and Annie's adventures, while simultaneously meeting core curriculum standards across a multitude of subjects. Educators can learn more at http://mthclassroomadventures.org/.

MARY POPE OSBORNE is an ardent advocate and supporter of children's literacy, and the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children and young adults, including novels, retellings of mythology and folklore, picture books, biographies, and mysteries. From 1993-1997, Ms. Osborne served as president of the Authors Guild, the country's leading organization for published authors. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad, visiting schools and speaking on issues related to children's literacy. She recently spoke at the UN regarding the importance of worldwide literacy and was profiled on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams for her continued efforts. Mary has donated over 250,000 books to children in need through her Gift of Books program. She resides in Connecticut. The creator of the Magic Tree House series, Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with her husband, WILL OSBORNE, and her sister, NATALIE POPE BOYCE.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen H on April 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The retelling of the Gospel stories appears to be true to the Biblical account. The uniqueness of this book comes in the visual display of art from the Renaissance period. My 10 year old found the pictures "kind of funny" and "different" which may be why she loves to study them. There is so much to find in the details of these materpieces. I especially like the references in the back that list time periods and artists for each piece. This gives my daughter the information she needs to do further research on specific artists that interests her. Plus giving us a time frame to think about art expression during that era. So, do you need another Bible picture book? I think so IF you are interested in giving your kids a history of art lesson at the same time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on April 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We were searching for a retelling of the Life of Jesus that was void of the author's thoughts, philosophies or imaginings. In other words, we wanted a story book of the Life of Jesus that we could sit down and read without flipping all over the Bible to capture all of the stories from the 4 gospels. This book does that. Additionally, the included reproductions from Ren.Era masters are seamlessly included throughout the retelling and beautifully reproduced.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sunnyside365 on December 30, 2012
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Easy read and enjoyable. Nice coffee table book. Children will pick it up and read it or just look at the pictures.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Nettleton on December 24, 2011
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I purchased the following from this vendor at an expensive price:

The Life of Jesus in Masterpieces of Art (Viking Kestrel picture books)
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When the book arrived, I noticed the corners were crushed and there was a lengthy, hand-written inscription inside the front cover. The book was not new. I will have to return it. My daughter will be disappointed. This was on her Christmas list.
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