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The Christmas Story: From The King James Bible Hardcover – October 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Gift edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805052925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805052923
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Award-winning illustrator Gennady Spirin (The Sea King's Daughters and The Crane Wife) brings his glorious paintbrush to the Passion play. When you want to introduce children to the actual biblical words that recount Christ's birth, this is the book to reach for. Spirin's paintings are reminiscent of the Renaissance masters, with a sundry of wine reds, creamy whites, celestial blues, and sun-burnt browns all gilded in Italian gold. When Gabriel visits Mary he descends from heaven in a mist of wispy clouds. A gold halo frames his sincere face, and in his hand he carries an offering of a white lily. When Gabriel explains the enormous task that is being asked of Mary, she finally agrees, saying, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." Spirin then closes in on Mary's young face--her downcast eyes and lightly pursed lips holding oceans of fear and faith. And when heaven celebrates the arrival of Jesus, the page looks as though it's been plucked from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. These are the kind of illustrations that linger with children like guardian angels--forever imprinting beautiful images upon the story of Christ's birth. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations ©1998 by Gennady Spirin, from The Christmas Story. Reprinted by permission of Henry Holt and Co.) (All ages) --Gail Hudson

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K Up?In both the King James text and in the masterful, symbolist illustrations, this reverent creation will appeal to those wishing to share with children the spiritual and religious context of Christmas. Lavishly detailed pictures face intricately bordered text pages; they call for close examination. Spirin's use of light, his textures and richly elaborate costuming, and his Archangel Gabriel's somehow other-than-human face all perfectly suit the grandeur and wonder of the narrative. Like the gold that makes these pages glow, this enduring presentation will remain bright long after the book is closed.?SHP
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Belle on November 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This hardbound book is absolutely beautiful, consisting of wonderful illustrations based upon the gospels of Matthew and Luke (KJV).
The illustrator Gennady Spirin, is masterful, brilliant, and elegantly captures the essence of the birth of Jesus Christ.
The construction of the book itself, 33 pages in length, is designed for adults and mature children and is most definitely not a plaything for toddlers.
Purchase this book and establish a new and wonderful Christmas family tradition.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love Christmas books for children and when I discovered this one, I couldn't believe it. It is a definite heirloom and one to be shared with the entire family. This book was not totally set for the younger age group but for everyone. It isn't entirely encompassed with baby words and illustrations like others I've seen. The pictures are also quite beautiful.
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A beautiful depiction of the story of the birth of Christ with text from the Bible. Young children will be able to see the beauty of the story in the wonderful art work of Spirin. I was particularly taken with the youthful rendering of Mary. She really does look 16 years or younger. So many artists portray her as an older woman, but she would have been very young as that was the age for marrying in those days. Also the manger is depicted as it would have been, not as a creche as it is often depicted. Here the building is a large underground earthen structure with a large solid manger. Quite historically correct.
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I received this book in great condition and was very happy to see that the book is exactly what I was hoping it to be. Beautiful artwork to accompany the telling of the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Thank you to the Goodwill from which it came for shipping it timely and packaging it so it wouldn't get messed up in the mail.
I am very happy with my order! =-) can you tell..
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Gennady Spirin was classically educated at the Moscow Art School at the Academy of Arts and at the Moscow Stroganov Institute. Influenced by Russian Renaissance painters, Mr. Spirin has developed his own unique style of illustration using traditional Russian art techniques. His work appeared four times on the annual New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year list. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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