The Christmas Story: According to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke From the King James Bible

The Christmas Story: According to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke From the King James Bible

by Gennady Spirin
     
 

According to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke from the King James Bible.

The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of the shepherds and the three wise men, the story is

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According to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke from the King James Bible.

The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of the shepherds and the three wise men, the story is rich in imagery and symbolism. Here, in a triumph of glorious art, is that wondrous story excerpted from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew from the King James Bible.

Gennady Spirin has been described in the Boston Globe as an artist who "truly represents the picture book as an object of art." In The Christmas Story, his paintings are luminous and reverent. Drawing on both his classical training at the Stroganov Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow and his Orthodox Christian faith, Mr. Spirin has created a work of art to be passed from generation to generation.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Spirin's intricate, illuminated paintings depict key scenes in the advent and nativity, from the angel's visit to Mary foretelling Christ's birth to the gifts of the Magi. The text is excerpted from the gospels of Matthew and Luke from the King James Bible. The paintings are exquisite, making this book a delight to share each Christmas season. Occasionally the placement of illustrations is out of sync with the text, but as the story is well known, this will not detract from enjoyment of the book. Also, although the language of the King James is beautiful, it is less accessible to children and may require additional intrepretation by parents.
School Library Journal
K Up--In both the King James text and in the masterful, symbolist illustrations, this reverent creation will appeal to those wishing to share with children the spiritual and religious context of Christmas. Lavishly detailed pictures face intricately bordered text pages; they call for close examination. Spirin's use of light, his textures and richly elaborate costuming, and his Archangel Gabriel's somehow other-than-human face all perfectly suit the grandeur and wonder of the narrative. Like the gold that makes these pages glow, this enduring presentation will remain bright long after the book is closed.--SHP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805052923
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.18(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Gennady Spirin was born on Christmas Day in 1948 in a small city near Moscow. He has illustrated many books, and his work has been recognized with many international awards. Mr. Spirin lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three sons.

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