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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452104700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452104706
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Nativity story from the King James Bible serves as the text for this engaging interpretation done in exquisite cut-paper-and-watercolor illustrations that stand out against dramatic, black backgrounds." - Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Pamela Dalton's cut-paper artwork has delighted collectors worldwide for almost twenty-five years. Her work is created in the tradition of early American paper cutting popular in the Pennsylvania German regions of this country in the early nineteenth century. Her original designs are influenced by popular historical themes: patriotism, biblical and religious motifs, and scenes from rural life. Each piece is sketched freehand by the artist and then cut by hand, so no two are exactly alike.

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Beautiful intricate artwork.
B. PRUETT
For the religious purist as well as the secular reader, this book is to be enjoyed and cherished through a lifetime.
White Fang
I bought this book as a Christmas gift for my niece.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By White Fang on October 27, 2011
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What a wondrous beauty-- "The Story of Christmas," the book illustrated by Pamela Dalton. This beautifully illustrated book of the Christmas story taken directly from the four Gospels of the King James Bible belongs in every Christian's home. While the book was probably initially written for children there is absolutely no reason why all ages would not enjoy the book equally. Because it is written in the timeless language of the King James Bible it has a poetic lilt to the text and will appeal to many different age groups.

The 10 3/8 inch by 10 3/8 inch book is richly illustrated by intricate scissor-cut illustrations in the style of Scherenschnitte. Scherenschnitte is an art form rooted in Pennsylvania German folk art. The scissor-cut illustrations also take on a medieval and Renaissance Italian art form look. Each page contains these beautiful full colored cut out art pieces. An interesting feature of the book is that each page has a black background which makes the colorful cut pieces of artwork to stand out even more profoundly. The text is also interesting; it is white, but contrasts beautifully with the black background. Another unique feature of the book is that both the front and back endpapers are beautifully illustrated by cut out flowers on a black background which reminds you of wallpaper. Several of the beginning pages are illuminated in the medieval style of page illumination.

For the religious purist as well as the secular reader, this book is to be enjoyed and cherished through a lifetime. Reading this book and sharing the beautiful scissor cut-out artwork with your family would be a wonderful way to remember the first and true account of "The Story of Christmas" on Christmas Day or Eve. The book would make a wonderful gift for anyone.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Drogilano on December 12, 2011
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I really liked the idea of having a book that used the real words of the Bible. I saw this one and thought it looked really pretty and would be perfect. BUT when I received it I was disappointed with the illustrations. Online it is hard to see the details, it just looks very pretty. But when you see it in real life, it isn't all that nice. The contrast with the black background is great, but the faces/people are rather awkward.

We decided to return it and luckily we found a similar book with MUCH nicer illustrations. "The Nativity" by Ruth Sanderson uses the same translation and from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The illustrations in that book are very elegant and traditional. I recommend buying "The Nativity" instead, it costs slightly less, you can find it on amazon, and I think the illustrations are better. Hope that helps.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Conboy on November 29, 2011
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The graphics in this book are so beautiful. We noticed after looking at it only briefly that many pages are perfectly symmetrical. What a nice Christmas addition to ur Christmas library.
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Beautiful book based on the KJV of the Christmas story. The pictures are wonderful...we will be reading this one every Christmas!
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By Pasqualina on January 10, 2014
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This book is well written with beautiful art work. I bought 3 for children in my family One was given to the child of a Professor of Art and he loved my gift
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By Mary Merry on January 4, 2014
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I love the illustrations in this book, but gave it three stars because I can't get over the fact that Mary has pure white hair, all the people look like they're Scandinavian or German, and Joseph, who I know was older than Mary, certainly wasn't about 75 as he appears in this book. I'm just not sure what the illustrator was thinking. Otherwise a beautiful book.
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By mia on January 21, 2013
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This is a gorgeous book. I was looking for the bible story of Christmas to read to my daughter. I am very happy with this beautiful book.
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By B. PRUETT on January 18, 2013
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Beautiful intricate artwork. Wonderfully done as a work of love. A keepsake book to be in everyone's home to share the story of Jesus' birth.
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