Mary's Story

Mary's Story

by Sarah Jane Boss, Helen Cann
     
 

Mary is a familiar figure to many children as the mother of Jesus -- but what was she really like? What happened in her life before Jesus's birth, and after his crucifixion? In this exquisitely illustrated book, Sarah Boss draws on folk tradition as well as the gospels to create an accessible, fluently written and fascinating window into the life of Mary. …  See more details below

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Mary is a familiar figure to many children as the mother of Jesus -- but what was she really like? What happened in her life before Jesus's birth, and after his crucifixion? In this exquisitely illustrated book, Sarah Boss draws on folk tradition as well as the gospels to create an accessible, fluently written and fascinating window into the life of Mary. Well-known episodes from the Bible are seen through Mary's eyes, offering a refreshingly different perspective, and detailed background notes offer valuable guidelines for parents and teachers. Helen Cann's lavish illustrations, inspired by the paintings of the Italian Renaissance, make this a book to treasure for life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Christian children are probably familiar with the story of how the Virgin Mary was chosen by God to give birth to Jesus--but apart from Mary's role as mother, they (and their parents) may know little about her life. In this ambitious picture book, Boss brings Mary into better focus, offering young readers a warm portrait of a holy yet very human woman. From the moment she is visited by the angel Gabriel, Mary follows God's plan with courage, faith and grace, even though she doesn't know how it will affect her family (for example, after the shepherds come to the manger, Mary "tried to imagine how her baby could really become a savior"). Laudably, Boss introduces information about Mary's birth and early childhood culled not only from the Gospels but from such sources as the Protevangelium of James and from art and folklore. But in her attempt to distill a sweeping time line of cosmic events into a biography accessible to children, the author makes several awkward or simplistic transitions (leading up to the marriage at Cana, she writes, "Mary and Jesus both liked going to parties"; and "When Jesus grew up, he lived and worked with his parents. Then Joseph died"). Cann's (The Green Man) vibrant watercolor and graphite paintings offer a distinct sense of time and place, although readers may be distracted by the peculiar-looking halos adorning her figures. Most successfully, though, Cann's compositions evoke religious icons and the hinged, wood-panel altarpieces of late medieval and Renaissance churches. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Laura Hummel
Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been revered by Christians for centuries. Her life has been detailed in several books of the Bible, through historical writings and folklore. In Boss's book, Mary's life has been woven together from these many sources to create an emotional and sensitive story. From her own miraculous birth, marriage to Joseph, arrival of Jesus and his growth to manhood, to the torturous end of a beloved son's death, the reader sees Mary as a graceful and very human figure. Focusing on the point of view of Jesus' mother is a wonderful way to introduce these many Biblical stories to children. Cann's gorgeous watercolor illustrations richly enhance the text. Her inspiration from Italian Renaissance artists and attention to detail is reflected in stunning paintings and border designs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781901223446
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.97(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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