Silent Night

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Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright!

It is a silent, snowy December night. Shopkeepers and country folk in the tiny Vermont village are hurrying everywhere, lighting candles, wrapping gifts, baking pies—getting ready. But for what? For Christmas Eve? Or is there more?

The Miller family knows there is! Pa and the boys, little Andy and Jamie, rush to the train station through the blizzardy ...

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Overview

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright!

It is a silent, snowy December night. Shopkeepers and country folk in the tiny Vermont village are hurrying everywhere, lighting candles, wrapping gifts, baking pies—getting ready. But for what? For Christmas Eve? Or is there more?

The Miller family knows there is! Pa and the boys, little Andy and Jamie, rush to the train station through the blizzardy twilight to pick up Grandma Stokes. Old Paul, the hired hand, rides to get Doc Herrick. Mama's quilty friend Tinker won't leave her side. They all know something truly wonderful is going to happen this Christmas Eve, snow or no snow, right here at Miller farm. In his unmistakable style, world renowned folk artist Will Moses brings Christmas to a Vermont village in an original story that the entire family—boys and girls, mothers and fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles—can share by their own candlelight year after year.

One snowy Christmas Eve a Vermont community makes preparations for the holiday as well as for the arrival of another Christmas miracle. Includes the text of the Christmas carol "Silent Night."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The lyrics of the beloved carol act as springboard for the story of the Miller family, who make last-minute holiday preparations as Mama is about to give birth. "Covered bridges and horse-pulled sleighs give the tale a 19th-century feel, while Moses's human figures radiate the warmth of the season," wrote PW. Ages 5-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
On a special Christmas Eve, Pa has hitched the sleigh for a drive into town to the station to retrieve Grandma Stokes from the 5:15 train. Tom Henry and Andy skate in with the tree they have chosen, and join Pa in the sleigh. Once on their way, things begin happening back at the farmhouse. At midnight, Tom Henry and Andy's new sister is born. Everyone has a gift to give except Andy, but finally he thinks of something that comes straight from the heart. This warm tale about Christmas on a cold Vermont night is illustrated with paintings in the folk art style so linked to the Moses family name.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Folk artist Will Moses has crafted an original story set in a tiny Vermont village in this lovely book. With paintings that portray a simpler way of life, each snow-blanketed scene recalls the old-fashioned joy of the holidays. All are preparing not just for the holiday but for something more joyous. Following the song "Silent Night," each brief chapter reveals the real miracle that harks back to that first "holy night." Sleep in heavenly peace.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4Using the words of "Silent Night" as chapter headings, Moses tells the story of a family celebrating the Christmas Eve arrival of a baby girl. The day is filled with urgency and excitement, as Grandma arrives on the train, the hired hand rushes for Doc Herrick, and the family members trim the tree as they wait for the big event. When the baby arrives, relatives and friends each give her a small gift, except for Andy, who has nothing ready. Before he goes to sleep, he lays his skates down next to his new sister, promising, "Someday, I'll teach you to skate just like me." Moses's glorious folk-art paintings capture the 19th-century Vermont setting: the snow-swept landscapes, the quaint village and horse-drawn sleighs, and the cozy interiors of the old farm house. Readers will enjoy the understated story and pore over the gorgeous artwork for years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399231001
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1997
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.05 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Painting is as much a part of the Moses family tradition as the family homestead in Eagle Bridge, New York. There Will Moses has painted since he was a little boy, learning firsthand from his grandfather, folk artist Forrest Moses, who learned from his mother, Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses. Developing his own folk style, Will has become an internationally beloved artist in his own right, his art displayed in collections throughout the world, including that of the White House.

His first picture book, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a retelling of Washington Irving's famous tale, was published by Philomel in 1995.

Will Moses' studio is at the Mount Nebo Gallery and Farm in Eagle Bridge, where he lives with his wife, Sharon, and their three children.

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