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Christmas Is Here Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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PreS-Gr 3–The only text in this book is a few sentences from the King James Bible, and many of the ink and watercolor illustrations, in soothing tones of brown and gray with bold outlines, are wordless. They show a modern family–mom, dad, babe in arms, and dog-walking child–out for a stroll on a snowy evening, when they come across a small, outdoor Christmas pageant. As the child peers into the manger, readers are taken back in time to Bethlehem, with illustrations of sheep grazing over a dry Middle Eastern landscape as the shepherds learn of the birth of Jesus. As light from the star streams down over the holy family and shepherds leaning over the manger, the scene switches with a turn of the page back to the modern family singing carols in the snow in front of the manger. The theme–that the most basic meaning of Christmas has remained the same over the centuries–is conveyed with a warm and captivating simplicity that even the youngest child will understand.Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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About the Author
Lauren Castillo is the illustrator of several wonderful picture books including What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins and That's Papa's Way by Kate Banks. Her books have received starred reviews from School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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"Christmas is Here" ranks high on my list of favorite children's Christmas picture books, and I suspect that it will become a staple in home libraries in the years to come. Both young and old can find meaning in the story and the illustrations make the Biblical text very accessible to younger children without having an unrealistic, childish cuteness like so many other versions. I'm particularly impressed with the detail and magnitude surrounding the angel's visit to the shepherds. Castillo effectively shows their surprise and shock and joy. The manger scene glows with a magnificent warmth, and I especially love the quaint rural setting of the live Nativity. This inspiring book truly helps families focus on the real meaning of Christmas, and I highly recommend it.
Christmas is Here is a new favorite in our home and will be enjoyed for years. Highly Recommended.