Silent Night, Holy Night (Traditions of Faith Series): The Story Behind Our Favorite Christmas Carol

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This charming story begins when Grandpa Strasser tells his grandchildren the story of how the Strasser family helped make 'Silent Night' one of the most famous Christmas songs in history.
Originally written as a poem inspired by a tender scene of a mother and child and a pastor's devotion to Jesus Christ, 'Silent Night' has become a lasting traditional Christmas song celebrating Christ's birth. Shortly after music was written for the poem, the Strasser family began singing the ...

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Overview

This charming story begins when Grandpa Strasser tells his grandchildren the story of how the Strasser family helped make 'Silent Night' one of the most famous Christmas songs in history.
Originally written as a poem inspired by a tender scene of a mother and child and a pastor's devotion to Jesus Christ, 'Silent Night' has become a lasting traditional Christmas song celebrating Christ's birth. Shortly after music was written for the poem, the Strasser family began singing the song all over Germany. They were even invited to sing it before the King of Prussia.
Children of all ages will gain a new love for a traditional favorite in this book filled with beautiful illustrations by Guy Porfirio.

Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding young souls.

Myrna A. Strasser lives in East Moline, IL, and is a descendant of the 'singing Strassers.' She has been a full-time announcer at WDLM, a broadcast ministry of Moody Bible Institute, for the last 16 years. Before moving into radio, Myrna was a high school history and speech teacher for 20 years.

Guy Porfirio, a native of Chicago, graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and continued his training at New York's School of Visual Arts. Guy's passion for painting and telling a good story has inspired him to illustrate numerous books for children. Among Porfirio's published works are Papa's Gift, by Zonderkidz; Clear Moon, Snow Soon, by Rising Moon Press; and The Day I Could Fly, by Creative Publishing. Guy lives in Tucson, AZ, with his family.

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K-Gr 2-When Grandpa Strasser comes from Germany to visit his grandchildren in Chicago, he tells them the story of how their family was involved in the creation of the famous Christmas carol. An Austrian pastor named Joseph Mohr wrote the poem, and his friend Franz Gruber set it to music. An organ repairman heard the song, memorized it, and played it at his church, where two singing families, the Rainiers and the Strassers, heard it and began singing it everywhere, helping to make it the popular carol it is today. The grandfather's telling of this tale, interrupted by quaint comments from his grandchildren, is long and not very interesting. The accompanying full-page illustrations glow with warm colors but the people in them look stiff and staged. There isn't much to appeal to children here.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310706724
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Series: Traditions of Faith Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Myrna Strasser lived in East Moline, Illinois, and memories of times spent with her family inspired many of her writings. She was a full-time announcer at WDLM, a broadcast ministry of Moody Bible Institute. Before moving into radio, Myrna was a high school history and speech teacher for twenty years.

Guy's first successful Christmas drawing was in third grade. His teacher, Mrs. Passarelli, had instructed the class to draw Christmas trees. Upon seeing Guy's drawing, she stopped him and told him, 'That's perfect, don't do anything more! Don't touch it anymore!' She held Guy's drawing up to the class as an example of how a Christmas tree should look - an encouraging first encounter with an art director.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    A Great Chistmas Present

    I thought this book was great!! My children loved this story about where the song 'Silent Night, Holy Night' first came from. This would make an excellent gift to any child for Christmas.

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