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Through the Animals' Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas Hardcover – October 3, 2006

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762426691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762426690
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Top of my pile, as he was last year, is Christopher Wormell, whose Mice, Morals, & Monkey Business features 21 of Aesop's finest fables. Wormell has two advantages over the competition: first, his woodcuts are sublime; second, he knows how to design a book to please every age group. Independent on Sunday "(Teeth Tails and Tentacles) is divine... the temptation will be to frame his dynamic images of animals for yourself." The Times Book Review "The New Alphabet of Animals is simply magnificent. A very satisfying strength lies throughout this book." Times Educational Supplement"

About the Author

Christopher Wormell is the celebrated English wood engraver whose illustrated books are collected and loved throughout the world. His first children’s book, An Alphabet of Animals, won the prestigious Graphics Prize at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair and has been reprinted in numerous editions. His other children’s book titles include Mowgli's Brothers, Blue Rabbit and Friends, Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, Animal Train, Off to the Fair, and George and the Dragon. Wormell lives in London with his wife and three children.

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Chris Wormell (born in 1955 in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire) is a self-taught artist, and the winner of the Ragazza Prize at Bologna in 1991. Two Frogs won the Nestlé Bronze Award in 2003 and Molly and the Night Monster was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009.

His books include George and the Dragon and The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit which was recently adapted into a stage play. In addition to his children's books, Chris undertakes other illustration work including advertising campaigns, packaging, a set of Royal Mail stamps and a collection of four covers for the same issue of Time Out magazine, featuring traditional British pub signs.

Chris lives in North London with his wife and children.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Max on August 18, 2007
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In contrast to the other review, one reason I love this book is that the Christmas story is simply told, and the illustrations are an opportunity for the reader to quietly enter into the story through the eye of the critters who supposedly witnessed the chain of events which led to Christ's birth - it is a sort of quiet meditation on the story. If you are looking for talking animals or are not the meditative type, this book is not for you. If you love Wormell's other work or love linocut prints, then you will not be disappointed. It's probably as much for adult enjoyment as for kids. Wormell is best at Books which showcase animals (see his Alphabet of Animals, A Number of Animals, so of course he would do a Christmas book like this. Being a Wormell fan and a Christmas book junkie, I cannot help but give this 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on June 29, 2013
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Christopher Wormell won the New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book Award for this book. Well deserved. It's a refreshingly different take on the story of Christmas. The rich, vibrant illustrations are captivating. At the end of the book each page is encapsulated with the picture and more detailed information about the animals. I have many of his beautifully illustrated books for myself and my grandchildren.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AC on December 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Biblical story of Jesus' birth is paired with beautiful illustrations that include local wildlife in the familiar scenes. I haven't figured out why these critters are featured in the title, because the story line ignores them. Maybe the artist wanted a new perspective for an overly familiar theme. Or maybe he hoped that this book would appeal to non-Christians. However, heavy-handed Christianism--Herod is portrayed getting stung by a bee--has the opposite effect. Best for Christian parents who want to enjoy good artwork while beginning their childrens' religions education.
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