Through the Animals Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas

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From dogs watching over the shepherds’ flocks when angels appear, to a charmed cobra performing in Herod’s court as the king tries to deceive the wise men, Wormell’s trademark animal imagery brings a new perspective to the story of the first Christmas.

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Overview

From dogs watching over the shepherds’ flocks when angels appear, to a charmed cobra performing in Herod’s court as the king tries to deceive the wise men, Wormell’s trademark animal imagery brings a new perspective to the story of the first Christmas.

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Wormell's (Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles) arresting woodcuts depict an ark-load of animals that witness elements of the journey to Bethlehem made by Joseph and Mary and their subsequent flight to Egypt. The dramatic, exquisitely crafted artwork brings a certain gravitas to the story of the first Christmas, though this abbreviated interpretation has a truncated tone that never fully captures the warmth and joy of the subject matter. As an added point of interest, a substantial illustrated glossary at book's end identifies each beast and its relevance to biblical times. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Printed on creamy stock between heavy purple covers, this majestic rendition of the Christmas story makes a sumptuous gift item. Adding extra illustrations fore and aft, Wormell follows Mary and Joseph as they journey to Bethlehem past black storks, griffon vultures and a lion (all identified in a discursive key at the end), and settle in the stable. Meanwhile, shepherds and wise men, plus a Canaan dog, a gray wolf and other creatures, get the Good News, then flee with the Child to Egypt, "beyond King Herod's grasp," until it's time for Jesus to "fulfill his wondrous destiny." The animals, in dignified natural poses, generally occupy the foregrounds in Wormell's deeply shadowed color woodcuts, but even younger viewers should have no trouble following the human story-with or without the formal, all-caps text on each verso. (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762426690
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Wormell is the celebrated English wood engraver whose illustrated books are collected and loved throughout the world. His first children’s book, An Alphabet of Animals, won the prestigious Graphics Prize at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair and has been reprinted in numerous editions. His other children’s book titles include Mowgli's Brothers, Blue Rabbit and Friends, Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel, Animal Train, Off to the Fair, and George and the Dragon. Wormell lives in London with his wife and three children.

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