Cover image for Hallelujah! : a Christmas celebration
Title:
Hallelujah! : a Christmas celebration
Author:
Nikola-Lisa, W.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
Summary:
Describes the plum-purple sky, yew-green hills, silver strands of moonlight, and other colorful things which provide the setting for the birth of a black baby Jesus.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780689816734
Format :
Book

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A sprinkle of stars A flock of sheep A shadowed wall. A host of angels A warmth of doves A royal crown. A father's smile. A mother's touch. And a black baby Jesus. In a series of simple, evocative images, W. Nikola-Lisa takes readers on a journey toward the Nativity, with a black baby Jesus as its centerpiece. Synthia Saint James's vibrant colorblock paintings capture the mystery and anticipation of this journey and of the birth of a newborn king.


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Booklist Review

Ages 2^-6. "A black baby Jesus--Hallelujah!" That's the refrain in this joyful picture book that celebrates the birth of Christ with short, vivid, chanting lines and bright, rhythmic, color-block paintings in a style reminiscent of Jacob Lawrence. Everyone in the pictures is black--the Holy Family, the shepherds, the three kings bearing gifts--and the dramatic words and geometric pictures set the people in a universe of brilliant colors, elemental shapes, and powerful movement. Inside the stable there's "A toss of hay, / A fold of blanket, / A sky-blue scarf, / and a black baby Jesus." Outside are green hills, a purple sky, a slate-gray donkey, a red velvet canopy, and a host of angels in many colors presiding over the splendor. The text is great for reading aloud, and the pictures will appeal to the felt-board crowd, as well as to a more sophisticated audience. Saint James' illustrations for Karen English's Neeny Coming, Neeny Going (1996) won her a Coretta Scott King Honor, and here again she expresses a universal theme with a childlike simplicity. --Hazel Rochman