Christmas in the Barn

Christmas in the Barn

by Margaret Wise Brown, Barbara Cooney
     
 

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From the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes a Christmas story sure to delight generations of new readers. In this reissued edition by Margaret Wise Brown, Christmas in the Barn tells a childlike interpretation of the Nativity story with new full-color illustrations from New York Times bestselling

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From the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes a Christmas story sure to delight generations of new readers. In this reissued edition by Margaret Wise Brown, Christmas in the Barn tells a childlike interpretation of the Nativity story with new full-color illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Anna Dewdney, creator of the Llama Llama series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Diane Goode's pen-and-ink and watercolor wash illustrations update the Nativity story originally published in 1952 (with artwork by Barbara Cooney), Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. The rhythmic narrative echoes the lyrics of several familiar carols, while Goode's compositions are simultaneously sweet and respectful of the book's theme. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
"And two people who had lost their way/Walked into the barn at the end of the day/ And they were allowed to sleep in the hay/'Because there was no room in the inn.'" Here in the barn the woman gives birth surrounded by the cows, sheep, horses ox and donkey. Shepherds arrived, and wise men who had been following the bright star stayed to see the dawn. There, in that ancient barn, everyone was safe and warm. The soft, simple poetic text has a gentle, lovely cadence. The illustrations, too, have innocence to them. Effective use of white space helps the reader focus on the animals and people. Goode has used shades of blue in her cold, snowy landscapes and golds and warm earth tones for the scenes inside the barn. This story, which parallels that of the birth of Christ, will be enjoyed by parents and children together. 2004 (orig. 1952), HarperCollins, Ages 3 to 7.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Originally published in 1952 (HarperCollins) and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, this simple and lovely interpretation of the Nativity story is now large enough to share with a good-sized audience. Brown's text remains unchanged-a lilting rhyme filled with snippets of familiar carols ("Away in a manger, no crib for his bed/What child is this who lays down his sweet head?"). Although the narrative clearly describes an "ancient" barn, Goode's light-filled illustrations depict a relatively modern, snowy farm, making it uncertain if this is actually the holy family, or another man and woman who happen to be giving birth in a barn. Despite this quibble, this is a worthy addition to holiday shelves.-M. A. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Brown's quietly understated text, first published in 1952 with different illustrations, provides the words for this simple, sweet, and satisfying introduction to the Nativity story. The rhyming narrative, with just a few phrases per page, includes poetic descriptions of the setting and evocative vocabulary describing the sounds of the animals and their behavior, complemented with a few cleverly interwoven phrases from Christmas carols that help describe the action. The unpretentious style of Goode's watercolor-and-ink illustrations is well matched to that of the text, with light-infused views capturing both the warmth of the manger scene and the mystery of the single bright star shining down on snowy hills. Though purists might object to a setting that seems more New England than Middle Eastern, Goode has chosen to illustrate the red barn as a two-story, more modern structure, nestled near a large house on a farm with rolling hills. She also included a rabbit family (mother, father, and baby) throughout many of her illustrations, in tribute to Brown's best-loved works. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064430821
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
10/01/1985
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?, Christmas in the Barn, The Dead Bird, and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.

Anna Dewdney is the bestselling author and illustrator of over fifteen award-winning children’s books, including a new edition of Margaret Wise Brown's beloved Christmas in the Barn and the bestselling Llama Llama books, which have been translated into over ten languages. Anna grew up outside New York City and has lived in Vermont since the early 1980s. She has worked as a waitress and a rural mail carrier and has taught art, remedial language, history, and English in boarding schools. She is the mother of two daughters and several dogs.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 23, 1910
Date of Death:
November 13, 1952
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Place of Death:
Nice, France
Education:
B.A., Hollins College, 1932; Bank Street College of Education
Website:
http://www.margaretwisebrown.com

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