A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 24 pages
  • 130 x 198.1 x 25.4mm | 464.47g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • full colours with gilding
  • 0192798723
  • 9780192798725

Review Text

From a noted British illustrator who has long been a popular favorite, one of the most beautiful books he has done in quite a while. The unexceptional text here focuses on a little donkey - who is left behind when his mother carries the Holy Family to Bethlehem - and the neighbor girl, Rebecca, who sets out with him to find them. But the rich, dark colors, the delightful Wildsmith details (including a little tiger cat who tags along on the journey), and the unusual effects he produces with the addition of bright gold - in the stars, the angel, and even the city of Jerusalem - will appeal to a broad audience. It does seem odd, in illustrations that clearly derive inspiration from the appearance of the real Holy Land, to show both Rebecca and Mary (inconsistently) as blonde; but perhaps that license should be as forgivable as the swirling, starry snow. Regardless, this is sure to be a favorite gift book for the coming holidays. (Kirkus Reviews)show more