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The Miracles of Jesus

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After Jesus of Nazareth was baptized, he began his public life, and he performed many miracles. Inspired by Romanesque art, Tomie dePaola brings the New Testament to life as he retells the stories of twelve miracles in the Bible. The Miracles of Jesus begins with 'the Wedding at Cana,' the first miracle, when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast. This is followed by other miracles Jesus performed, such as his calming of a storm, walking on water, and raising the dead to life. This delightful collection...

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Overview

After Jesus of Nazareth was baptized, he began his public life, and he performed many miracles. Inspired by Romanesque art, Tomie dePaola brings the New Testament to life as he retells the stories of twelve miracles in the Bible. The Miracles of Jesus begins with 'the Wedding at Cana,' the first miracle, when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding feast. This is followed by other miracles Jesus performed, such as his calming of a storm, walking on water, and raising the dead to life. This delightful collection filled with memorable illustrations is perfect for sharing and reading aloud.

Recounts the miracles performed by Jesus such as His calming of a storm, walking on water, and raising the dead to life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Using Romanesque art, Tomie dePaola has chosen to recount twelve miracles that Jesus performed during his ministry on earth. The colors are bright and attractive to children, but different from natural art forms. Beginning with turning water into wine, Jesus calms the storm, then asked his disciples, "Where is your faith?" In dePaola's retelling of the loaves and the fishes, he reminds the reader that Jesus immediately withdrew. He knew they were going to make him their king. When the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda asks for help, Jesus shows him how to bypass the pool. He spoke, "Rise," and the man walked away carrying his bed. Everyone is amazed at the faith of the centurion, but the people laughed when Jesus said, "She is not dead. She is sleeping." This is a collection of Bible stories perfect for sharing with a child or a class. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142410684
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/24/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 278,507
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.45 (w) x 10.34 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola 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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