What a Morning!: The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals

What a Morning!: The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals

by John Langstaff, Ashley Bryan

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this picture book, the Christmas story is told in spirituals: ``Mary Had a Baby,'' ``My Lord, What a Morning!'' and ``Go Tell It on the Mountain'' among them, until the baby is born, and ``Behold That Star!'' closes the tale. Bryan's illustrations tie into the African-American theme, showing a black Holy family and multiracial wise men and shepherds. Bold brush strokes line each landscape and every garment; the star of Bethlehem, through the religious prism, reveals colors of rainbow hues. This collection of songs exhibits an intimacy and compassion that give these spirituals a stunning universality. All ages. (September)

Product Details

Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he has been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; he has also been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, a Coretta Scott King Award winner, and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine, where the sea’s energy sustains his own.

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