They Followed a Bright Star

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"When an angel summons a group of shepherds and kings to a distant Bethlehem stable, the travelers cross paths with others whose missions are less glamorous. . . . These unsung heroes have also received orders from the angels, to tend the water, fish, bread and wine that Jesus will need in years to come . . . this lyrical picture book is illuminated by Wensell's radiant watercolors." (Publishers Weekly)

"A carefully composed translation and adaptation of a German nativity story. . . . The telling is formal and ...

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Overview

"When an angel summons a group of shepherds and kings to a distant Bethlehem stable, the travelers cross paths with others whose missions are less glamorous. . . . These unsung heroes have also received orders from the angels, to tend the water, fish, bread and wine that Jesus will need in years to come . . . this lyrical picture book is illuminated by Wensell's radiant watercolors." (Publishers Weekly)

"A carefully composed translation and adaptation of a German nativity story. . . . The telling is formal and folkloric in structure, with a reverent, Biblical tone. The dramatic full-page watercolor illustrations use light to great effect. . . . A treasure for quiet family sharing." (chool Library Journal)

Retells the story of how an angel led the shepherds and kings to Bethlehem when Jesus was born.

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First published in the U.S. in 1994, They Followed a Bright Star, based on a poem by Spanish poet Joan Alavedra, illus. by Ulises Wensell, returns to print. This lyrical, radiantly illustrated story tells of those like the fisherman and plowman who, less dramatically but no less powerfully than the shepherds, served Jesus on the night of his birth.
Carolyn Phelan
This large-format picture book tells a version of the Christmas story from the shepherds' point of view. Instructed by an angel to follow the star, four shepherds make their way toward Bethlehem and stop to ask others to join them. Each person they meet has also seen a vision, but the angel has told the man at the well, the fisherman, the plowman, and the couple in the vineyard to carry on their work by the star's light because the Christ child will need their water, fish, bread, and wine some day. Reverent and occasionally radiant without stiffness or formality, the illustrations feature rounded forms in subtly shaded hues. A quiet, satisfying picture book for the season.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399227066
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.88 (w) x 11.94 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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