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Legend of the Christmas Rose
     

Legend of the Christmas Rose

by William H. Hooks
 

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William H. Hooks is the author of fifty-two books for children, including The Legend of the Christmas Rose, illustrated by Richard A. Williams, The Ballad of Belle Dorcas, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, and Freedom's Fruit, illustrated by James Ransome. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

William H. Hooks's evocative retelling of this unusual Christmas legend transports

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William H. Hooks is the author of fifty-two books for children, including The Legend of the Christmas Rose, illustrated by Richard A. Williams, The Ballad of Belle Dorcas, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, and Freedom's Fruit, illustrated by James Ransome. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.

William H. Hooks's evocative retelling of this unusual Christmas legend transports readers back two thousand years to Bethlehem to follow nine-year-old Dorothy on her journey to see the Baby Jesus and to witness the miracle of a tiny white flower delicately transforming into the beautiful Christmas rose. Richard A. Williams's lush oil paintings evoke the beauty and joy of the first Christmas.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hooks (The Ballad of Belle Dorcas) invites readers into the home of a humble family of shepherds in this unusual holiday/horticultural legend. When Dorothy clandestinely follows her much-older brothers to Bethlehem to greet the Christ Child, she worries that she has no gift worthy of the babe. An angel calms Dorothy's anxiety, pointing her to beautiful white flowers growing miraculously nearby. Jesus' hand touches Dorothy's offering of blossoms, tinting them with a blush of pink; the flowers are forever known as Christmas roses. Lyrical descriptions, reverent but always personable, and unusually warm, dynamic oil portraits make this a wonderful choice for family sharing. Ages 5-9. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
When Dorothy's three older brothers set out for Bethlehem to gift the baby Jesus with a prize lamb, she is not allowed to go. She follows them secretly, but by night she worries that she has nothing to give the babe. Her fears give way to tears until she hears a rush of wings. When she opens her eyes, the ground is carpeted with flowers. Now she knows what she will bring the newborn babe. The poetic text combines with magnificent paintings to give readers a sense of time and place.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060271022
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/31/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.37(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

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