We Three Kings

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We three kings of Orient are;

Bearing gifts we traverse afar,

Field and fountain, moor and mountain,

Following yonder star.

Over two thousand years ago, three great kings journeyed across the desert, riding through the heat of day and dark of night. Each from a different region, each beckoned by the same gleaming star, each bearing ...

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We three kings of Orient are;

Bearing gifts we traverse afar,

Field and fountain, moor and mountain,

Following yonder star.

Over two thousand years ago, three great kings journeyed across the desert, riding through the heat of day and dark of night. Each from a different region, each beckoned by the same gleaming star, each bearing treasures, each wishing to welcome a newborn asleep in a manger's hay — a baby named Jesus, who would change the world.

This beloved Christmas carol, written in 1857, celebrates the wise men's journey and the first Christmas night. Internationally renowned artist Gennady Spirin pays his own type of homage with paintings so exquisitely detailed and wrought that they, too, are a gift — to that baby in the manger and to you.

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Publishers Weekly

Opulence befitting royalty characterizes Spirin's (The Tale of the Firebird) lush, jewel-hued watercolor-and-colored-pencil interpretation of the beloved carol about the three wise men (and their extensive entourages) who traverse afar. A spread rendered in an antique-like palette and featuring a host of singing, trumpeting angels in an inky, starlit sky marks each refrain of the familiar tune. Although younger readers will need help understanding some of the phrasing, they'll be happy to read or hum along, or just gaze at the sumptuously outfitted parade of camels, elephants, horses and kings making their way to Bethlehem. All ages. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

K Up-In this illustrated version of the well-known 1857 Christmas carol, three kings are journeying through the night, following a star toward Bethlehem. Riding on an elephant, a camel, and a horse, accompanied by impressive retinues, and sumptuously clothed in rich and exotic fabrics, the men are a striking sight, and the intricate watercolor and colored-pencil artwork does them full justice. Unfortunately, the spread used for the chorus ("Oh star of wonder, star of light . . . ") depicts a group of rather insipid, Victorian-looking angels and is repeated five times. This handsome book will suffice if a version of this carol is needed, but it is not Spirin's best effort. Music and lyrics are appended.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689821141
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 months - 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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    Russian born Gennady Spirin is one of the most gifted, imaginative artists working today. His illustrations are lush, rich, intricately detailed from the largest image to the smallest accouterment. Looking at some of the 30 books he has illustrated, it is as though one is looking at fine art. In fact, his works are found in private collections as well as museums throughout the world. Mr. Spirin's awards are numerous - four gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, the Golden Apple from the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava, and first prize at both the Bologna and Barcelona International Book Fairs. First written in 1857 We Three Kings is one of our most beloved Christmas carols as it tells of the wise men's journey to visit the manger in Bethlehem. Done in watercolor and colored pencils, Mr. Spirin's paintings for this carol appear bathed in a golden light. All are full page and exquisitely wrought, an illustrated edition of this traditional Christmas song which is sure to become a family keepsake. - Gail Cooke

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