Silent Night

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Susan Jeffers' visual interpretation of the world's most beloved Christmas carol is the perfect way to contemplate and celebrate the story behind the holiday. From the humble stable animals to the quaking shepherds and heavenly hosts, all of her richly colored figures are imbued with love and gratitude for God's gift to the world. This glorious rendering of the Nativity now shines even brighter, with its new jacket, elegant design, and a ...

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Overview

Susan Jeffers' visual interpretation of the world's most beloved Christmas carol is the perfect way to contemplate and celebrate the story behind the holiday. From the humble stable animals to the quaking shepherds and heavenly hosts, all of her richly colored figures are imbued with love and gratitude for God's gift to the world. This glorious rendering of the Nativity now shines even brighter, with its new jacket, elegant design, and a fifth-color gold ink throughout.

Illustrated by Susan Jeffers.

An illustrated version of the well-known German Christmas hymn celebrating the birth of Christ.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
For most children and many grownups, this will be a first visual encounter with "Silent Night," and it offers thoughtful insight on the meaning behind the music. Parents who need to brush up on the melody and lesser-known verses will appreciate a musical score on the final page. The peaceful refrains are also a melodic treat for bedtime, soothing as a gentle lullaby. — Jessica Bruder
Publishers Weekly
Also reissued, Susan Jeffers's 1984 Silent Night pairs the words of the classic carol with paintings of the Nativity. Her transcendent, large-scale compositions do indeed suggest a night when all is calm, all is bright. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The first verse of the familiar and beloved Christmas carol is accompanied by Jeffers interpretation of the birth of Jesus. Smiling angels and sweetly sleeping sheep and donkeys keep the infant company in a clean, stone stable. Angels appear in the sky to the shepherds, and the magi arrive bringing gifts to the Child. Each double-paged spread is bordered in a thin gold line and wider cobalt blue until the presentation of Jesus. At that point, the border colors reverse. The sweet and serene illustrations are in a range of blues and earth tones. They depict the countryside and the wonder and joy of this event. The last page contains the music and the words for three verses. Originally published in 1984. 2003 (orig. 1984), Dutton Children's Books, Ages 3 to 8.
— Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525471363
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/22/2003
  • Edition description: Gift
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 12.26 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Jeffers (www.susanjeffers-art.com) has illustrated many acclaimed books for children, including Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, by Robert Frost; the Caldecott Honor Book Three Jovial Huntsmen; and Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, which was an ABBY Award winner and a New York Times bestseller.

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