Christmas Story: From the Gospel According to St. Luke from the King James Bible

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And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.

When all the world is to be taxed, a carpenter named Joseph takes his pregnant wife, Mary, to a place called Bethlehem to deliver a miracle to the world. ...

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Overview

And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.

When all the world is to be taxed, a carpenter named Joseph takes his pregnant wife, Mary, to a place called Bethlehem to deliver a miracle to the world. This is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, taken directly from the Gospel according to St. Luke in the King James Bible.

These simple yet profound words tell a powerful story of life, love, and hope, while James Bernardin's stunning paintings masterfully transport us to this magical time and place. The Christmas Story is the perfect way to share one of the most famous stories of all time with your family.

An illustrated story of the birth of Jesus as told in the Book of Luke.

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Publishers Weekly
The soft, creamy tones of Bernardin's (The Legend of the Candy Cane) oil paintings welcome readers to ancient Bethlehem for this familiar biblical account of the Nativity. His depiction of the angel's nighttime appearance to shepherds in the fields conveys the awe associated with the event yet to come, and portraits of beatific faces adoring the Christ child are also pleasant to behold. But on the whole, there is little to distinguish this book among many other editions in the marketplace. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This book opens with the tax levied by Caesar Augustus and ends with the shepherds spreading the word of what they have seen. Although readers meet Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus, the focus is on the shepherds, two men and a boy, as they react with amazement and joy to their experiences; the endpapers show them working their flock on a peaceful hillside. The paintings give a vivid sense of the landscape around Bethlehem and portray the people in a realistic and moving way. This is a fine choice if you need more Nativity stories.-E. M. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This traditional version of the Nativity story uses the King James Version of the Bible from the book of Luke with a short text and oversized format that will work well for reading to a group. Bernardin (The Legend of the Candy Cane, not reviewed, etc.) has created beautiful illustrations in a similar traditional vein, although he is modern in his artistic sensibilities by being careful to make his characters look like they could have actually been from the Middle East. Mary, Baby Jesus, and a shepherd boy with his lamb are shown on the attractive cover against a midnight blue background, and this same shepherd boy is a recurring figure throughout the story. He is shown traveling with his sheep on the endpapers, running through the streets of Bethlehem, arriving at the stable with the other shepherds, and then spreading the news of the birth. This connecting device of a particular child relating to the Nativity retelling works well, as does the choice of simple text that gets the story across without being overwhelming. Bernardin’s illustrations are appealing without being overly sweet, and this will be a logical choice for families to read aloud on Christmas Eve. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060288822
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

James Bernardin is a versatile and prolific illustrator of many acclaimed books for children. He has illustrated Laura Numeroff's Would I Trade My Parents?, Eve Bunting's Too Many Monsters, and Candy Chand's The Twelve Prayers of Christmas. He has also created artwork for numerous book covers, including Mary Pope Osborne's Tales from the Odyssey series.

James lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington State with his wife, Lisa, and two sons, Wyeth and Bryson.

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