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Joy to the World: Tomie's Christmas Stories

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For generations of his fans, Christmas has been synonymous with Tomie dePaola-after all, it's his favorite holiday! Now, readers will find three of his best-known and beloved Christmas stories together in one handsome volume.

Comprised of The Night of Las Posadas, The Story of the Three Wise Kings, and The Legend of the Poinsettia, along with several exquisitely illus trated Christmas carols, Tomie dePaola's. Christmas treasury will become an ...

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Overview

For generations of his fans, Christmas has been synonymous with Tomie dePaola-after all, it's his favorite holiday! Now, readers will find three of his best-known and beloved Christmas stories together in one handsome volume.

Comprised of The Night of Las Posadas, The Story of the Three Wise Kings, and The Legend of the Poinsettia, along with several exquisitely illus trated Christmas carols, Tomie dePaola's. Christmas treasury will become an elegant addition to every family's holiday celebrations.

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What People Are Saying

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“Exquisitely wrought story…. dePaola’s talent for crafting folktales is honed to near-perfection, and his pages glow with the soft sun-washed hues of the Southwest.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review of The Night of Las Posadas
 
“dePaola’s illustrations are not simply pictures designed to expand the text: his illustrations are the text. dePaola uses the influence of Byzantine and Romanesque art to depict and enlarge our understanding of character and humanity.”—SLJ, starred review of The Story of the Three Wise Kings
 
“The story has a simple dignity, but it is the artwork that takes center stage here. The spreads, which feature everyday occurrences… are magnificently staged.”—Booklist, review of the Legend of the Poinsettia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399255366
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/14/2010
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 151,392
  • Age range: 1 year
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is the acclaimed author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children. He is the recipient of a Newbery Honor (26 Fairmount Avenue, 1999) and a Caldecott Honor (Strega Nona). He was also awarded the Smithson Medal, the Regina Medal, and was designated a "living treasure" by the state of New Hampshire. His Brava, Strega Nona! and Strega Nona's Harvest were New York Times bestsellers. He is the first author known primarily for children's book writing to be awarded the Sarah Josepha Hale Award, a prestigious distinction in writing by a New Englander. He lives in New London, New Hampshire.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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