A Child is Born: Picture Book

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This lyrical celebration of the miracle of Christmas is now just the right size for little hands! Margaret Wise Brown's simple, poetic language brought to life by Floyd Cooper's spectacular paintings offer a fresh perspective on the Holy Family and the miraculous birth of Christ.

Presents a poetic description of the first Christmas night and the birth of the Baby Jesus.

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Overview

This lyrical celebration of the miracle of Christmas is now just the right size for little hands! Margaret Wise Brown's simple, poetic language brought to life by Floyd Cooper's spectacular paintings offer a fresh perspective on the Holy Family and the miraculous birth of Christ.

Presents a poetic description of the first Christmas night and the birth of the Baby Jesus.

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Publishers Weekly
Board books let youngest readers share in the holiday spirit. In a starred review of the picture book published in 200o, PW called A Child Is Born by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Floyd Cooper, (available in board book here for the first time) "a posthumous holiday gift" from the author of Goodnight Moon. Floyd's "artistic interpretation-a multiethnic cast, including a black Holy Family-is one of a harmonious world community, sure to be appreciated by all." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Margaret Wise Brown, author of the classic Goodnight Moon, retells the Christmas story in a brief poem. What makes this rendition of a familiar story unique are the beautiful, realistic illustrations of African-Americans as Jesus and his family, as well as the angels, shepherds and Wise Men. The artwork is produced by a technique of layered oil washes that are then partially removed to create a very lovely, soft texture. They are very appealing and will be especially appreciated by Christian families of color. This story was found among Brown's manuscripts after her death and has now been reissued in both picture book and board book formats. 2003 (orig. 2000), Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, Ages 1 to 5.
— Kristin Harris
Kirkus Reviews
Cooper, illustrator of several Coretta Scott King Award books, presents the Christmas story with an African-American cast. The most successful and appealing paintings feature baby Jesus: plump, sober, curly-haired, brown-eyed, and brown-skinned. Cooper's Jesus is a very human child. The dust-jacket illustration, which shows the baby Jesus against white swaddling clothes and framed in a glittering gold-leaf border, is particularly impressive. Other paintings show a dark-skinned Mary, Joseph, and a variety of angels of varying hue. Most scenes at the stable with shepherds, wise men, angels, and the Holy Family, are predictable. There is little attention to historical accuracy or detail. The paintings were created, according to the blurb, through a technique, involving "a number of oil washes that are then subtracted from the painting surface" to create the final pictures. Paintings are placed against a creamy parchment paper and bordered in gold. The text is a previously unpublished poem by author Brown, which reads in part: "O come, / country shepherds / O follow the light / And welcome the baby / This blessed night." The lettering in burnt sienna heightens the effect of a manuscript with a large initial letter. While the text and many of the illustrations are pedestrian, this will resonate with readers seeking a multi-ethnic version of the Christmas story. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)Bunting, Eve WHO WAS BORN THIS SPECIAL DAY? Illus. by Leonid Gore Simon & Schuster (32 pp.) Oct. 1, 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786806737
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 11.37 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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