The Story of Christmas

The Story of Christmas

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This beautifully illustrated version of the story of Christmas, with text adapted from the words of the Bible, captures the sense of wonder and magnificence of the Nativity. Jane Ray's art shines from each page making this a book that will be shared year after year as part of the Christmas more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 214 x 290 x 6mm | 199.58g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 185213917X
  • 9781852139179
  • 1,120,336

Review quote

Our favourite is The Story of Christmas by Jane Ray, with its gleaming illustrations..[It] is novel but also pleasingly traditional. Sunday Express Magazineshow more

Review Text

An elegantly beautiful presentation of the text from Matthew and Luke (King James version), from the illustrator of an exceptionally handsome Noah's Ark (1990). Again blending warmly decorative folk motifs with a strong Middle Eastern flavor, Ray also recalls medieval illuminations with her rich colors and lavish use of gold. Her people are common folk whose ornamented attire connotes the magnitude of the occasion; her beasts have a dignified aura of understanding the momentous events. An excellent choice for libraries and home collections. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

About Jane Ray

Jane Ray's exquisite artwork has gained acclaim both in the UK and internationally, and she regularly shows her work at galleries and exhibitions. Jane won the Smarties Prize with The Story of Creation; The Story of Christmas was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award; and A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. Jane's books for Orchard include the contemporary fairy tale The Apple-Pip Princess, the heartwarming The Dolls' House Fairy and the fabulously festive The Twelve Days of Christmas. She is also the illustrator of Heartsong, written by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Jane lives in more

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39 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 46% (18)
4 38% (15)
3 8% (3)
2 8% (3)
1 0% (0)
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