We Three Kings
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We Three Kings

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by Gennady Spirin
     
 

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.

Editorial Reviews

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:
10/02/2007
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
984,928
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 10 Years

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