Silent Night, Holy Night: A Song for the World

Silent Night, Holy Night: A Song for the World

by werner thuswaldner, Patricia Crampton, Robert Ingpen
     
 
Silent Night, Holy Night! All is calm, all is bright.

Millions of people in the world can finish the lyrics to this beautiful and beloved Christmas carol. But not many can tell you where it came from. Now Wener Thuswaldner and renowned artist Robert Ingpen do just that.

From the lives of its poor and downtrodden creators, to how this glorious

Overview

Silent Night, Holy Night! All is calm, all is bright.

Millions of people in the world can finish the lyrics to this beautiful and beloved Christmas carol. But not many can tell you where it came from. Now Wener Thuswaldner and renowned artist Robert Ingpen do just that.

From the lives of its poor and downtrodden creators, to how this glorious composition went on to transcend classes and cultures, the history of the song Silent Night is one worth celebrating.

Complete with the comprehensive song lyrics, this lushly illustrated and beautifully told story is a gift that embodies peace, love, and the spirit of Christmas itself.

Editorial Reviews

Lori Smith
The story here is not terribly compelling; it is told as though by one adult to another, facts recited rather than yarns spun, and the English translation from the original German occasionally falters. But gorgeous illustrations by Robert Ingpen, who won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1986, make the book worth owning. Ingpen's heartfelt detail—faces of women and children, workers lining up in the cold—captures both the gray dreariness of Oberndorf and the bright light and hope of the music.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Silent Night, Holy Night by Werner Thuswaldner, illus. by Robert Ingpen, tells how the famous hymn by Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber came to be, amidst the chaos of war in 19th-century Austria. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ingpen, winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, has created stunning illustrations for this historical look at how the beloved Christmas hymn came to be written. The text includes an overview of political and social conditions in Oberndorf, Austria, at the time the song was written, along with an introduction to the priest who wrote the lyrics and the organist who composed the music. The first performance of the hymn, by candlelight and with guitar accompaniment, is described, along with brief mention of the hymn being sung together by opposing forces during WWI. The main focus of the volume is Ingpen's stellar paintings full of atmospheric, golden light and period details. Most of the illustrations extend across the spread, giving plenty of room to showcase his work. His haunting landscapes evoke the atmosphere of village life in early-19th-century Oberndorf, and his portraits give the two men who created the hymn personalities behind the famous music. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698400320
Publisher:
Minedition
Publication date:
09/15/2005
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.62(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 - 12 Years

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