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The Hermit, the Icon, and the Emperor: The Holy Virgin Comes to Cyprus Hardcover – November 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Conciliar Press; First edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888212497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888212495
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The Hermit, the Icon, & the Emperor is an Eastern Orthodox Christian picturebook for children about how the very first icon of the Mother of God, as painted by the Evangelist Luke himself, traveled from the emperor's palace in Constantinople to its new home on the island of Cyprus. Striking, jewel-toned illustrations by Niko Chocheli illustrate this retelling of a priceless piece of Christian history, starting with the vision of a hermit. The text is just complex enough that preschool children may not be able to read it on their own, but Christian children in preschool and up will benefit from having this powerful tale read aloud to them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the Wengers on November 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
How can an old hermit monk convince a king to give up a priceless treasure, especially one as ancient and beautiful as the icon of the Virgin Mary, written by St. Luke? Hart's beautifully written retelling of the account takes readers by the hand and leads them reverently through the story. Chocheli's powerful illustrations echo the wonder of the events. Readers come away from the book amazed at the many miracles, encouraged by the power of prayer, and challenged by the living faith of a simple monk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Forest on November 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Chrissi Hart tells the story of how an icon of the Mother of God, painted by the Evangelist Luke, journeyed from a palace in Constantinople to a remote hilltop in Cyprus, where it remains to this day as part of the iconostasis of the monastery church of Kykkos. It's a tale that begins with the song of a cuckoo and involves a resolute hermit, a governor stricken with paralysis, a princess close to death, and an emperor whose greatest treasure is the icon painted by St. Luke. Niko Chocheli's vibrant illustrations bring the story to life and will give many young readers their first glimpse of Byzantium. The story also introduces the realization that some dreams are God-given.

It's a book that will engage both children and their parents and no doubt will inspire more than a few readers to make their way as pilgrims to the Kykkos monastery on Cyprus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When you open the pages of 'The Hermit, the Icon, and the Emperor', you enter a beautiful and rich world, both in the story itself, which seems like a step back into time, and the elaborate and beautiful illlustrations.
The history of the Eleousa of Kykkos is a wonderful one, as is the history of St. Luke as it's iconongrapher.

This book should be savored, taking in all of its beauty and is one that every child should have in his/or her library.

Claire Brandenburg
Children's Orthodox Book Illustrator and Author
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Great book which will be used with a church school class to teach the importance of God's holy icons. Highly recommended.
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