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Title:
The Christmas story : according to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke from the King James Bible
Author:
Spirin, Gennady, illustrator.
Uniform Title:
Bible. Matthew. English. Authorized. Selections. 1998.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : H. Holt, 1998.
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Presents the story of the birth of Christ, from Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable and the visit of the shepherds and the three wise men.
Language:
English
Title Subject:
Subject Term:
Added Author:
Added Uniform Title:
Bible. Luke. English. Authorized. Selections. 1998.
ISBN:
9780805052923
Format :
Book

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Summary

According to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke from the "King James Bible."
The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of the shepherds and the three wise men, the story is rich in imagery and symbolism. Here, in a triumph of glorious art, is that wondrous story excerpted from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew from the" King James Bible."
Gennady Spirin has been described in the Boston Globe as an artist who "truly represents the picture book as an object of art." In T"he Christmas Story," his paintings are luminous and reverent. Drawing on both his classical training at the Stroganov Academy of Fine Arts in Moscow and his Orthodox Christian faith, Mr. Spirin has created a work of art to be passed from generation to generation.


Author Notes

Gennady Spirin was born on Christmas Day in 1948 in a small city near Moscow. He has illustrated many books, and his work has been recognized with many international awards. Mr. Spirin lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife and three sons.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 6 and up. Spirin, who has handsomely illustrated many fairy tales, now gives his meticulous artistic attention to the Nativity story, combining excerpts from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke using the King James' version of the Bible. The beautiful illustrations, with angels everywhere and Christian symbols such as lilies, are illuminated by an appropriate golden glow that gives an air of religiosity and holiness to the art. And although the artistic influences of Spirin's native Orthodox Church are clearly evident in architectural details and design work, the figures, especially the Virgin Mary, have the look of Botticelli. The most impressive spread, and clearly designed to be so, is the adoration of the baby Jesus by the wise men. Majestically rendered, this night scene, flecked with the gold of halos and gifts, invites more than one look. Rather surprisingly, the introduction cites religious lore as fact ("Most scholars believe that Luke was a physician. Some say he was a painter.") But it is the artwork that takes center stage here, and older children, especially, will find this a book to admire. --Ilene Cooper


School Library Journal Review

K Up‘In both the King James text and in the masterful, symbolist illustrations, this reverent creation will appeal to those wishing to share with children the spiritual and religious context of Christmas. Lavishly detailed pictures face intricately bordered text pages; they call for close examination. Spirin's use of light, his textures and richly elaborate costuming, and his Archangel Gabriel's somehow other-than-human face all perfectly suit the grandeur and wonder of the narrative. Like the gold that makes these pages glow, this enduring presentation will remain bright long after the book is closed.‘SHP (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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