The Twelve Prayers of Christmas

The Twelve Prayers of Christmas

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by Candy Chand, James Bernardin
     
 

Many were present the night Jesus Christ was born. Joseph and Mary were there, their hearts filled with peace. So were the donkey, the lamb, and the three Wise Men. Even the Star of Bethlehem looked on, casting a single heavenly beam of light upon the scene. This book gives voice to every creature present on that miraculous night and shares their twelve special

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Overview

Many were present the night Jesus Christ was born. Joseph and Mary were there, their hearts filled with peace. So were the donkey, the lamb, and the three Wise Men. Even the Star of Bethlehem looked on, casting a single heavenly beam of light upon the scene. This book gives voice to every creature present on that miraculous night and shares their twelve special prayers to the Christ Child.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–This book features 12 verses, written from the varying points of view of Mary, Joseph, the donkey, the innkeeper, a shepherd, the three wise men, the angel, the star, the lamb, and the Christ Child. Rhyming text for each prayer is inserted in an enclosed box on beautifully illustrated spreads. Each narrator takes his or her turn in order, with Mary coming first (“My heart’s filled with peace./I know there’s a plan./We’ll find our way home/as soon as we can”) and the baby Jesus last (“I was born in a stable,/in a simple abode,/without a gold crown/nor rich, royal robe”). The painterly double-page illustrations make good use of light and shadow and effectively convey the warm and soothing tone of the text. Appropriate for specialized religious collections, this is an additional purchase for public libraries.–Diane Olivo-Posner, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
The Nativity is retold by 12 different characters, each offering a rhyming, first-person view of the events of the special night. The narrators include all the familiar characters-Mary, Joseph, Wise Men, etc.-as well as other less-expected choices, such as the donkey, a lamb and the Christmas star. The text concludes with the Christ Child's own commentary on the scene of his birth. Bernardin sets each poem within a double-page spread illustrating that character's part of the story, with dramatic lighting and deep, jewel tones adding excitement to the atmosphere. The poems convey much of the deep feelings of the event, but they all use the same rhyme scheme and tone, which doesn't help to delineate the different characters. Still, Sunday-school teachers and Christmas-pageant directors will find this useful. (Picture book/religion. 4-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060776367
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Series:
HarperBlessings Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,367,180
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Candy Chand is the author of several books, including Under God's Wings, Ashley's Garden, Gift of Grace, and Christmas Love. She lives in Rancho Murieta, California.

James Bernardin is a versatile and prolific illustrator of many acclaimed books for children. He has illustrated Laura Numeroff's Would I Trade My Parents?, Eve Bunting's Too Many Monsters, and Candy Chand's The Twelve Prayers of Christmas. He has also created artwork for numerous book covers, including Mary Pope Osborne's Tales from the Odyssey series.

James lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington State with his wife, Lisa, and two sons, Wyeth and Bryson.

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