Cover image for Bethlehem : with words from the authorized version of the King James Bible
Bethlehem : with words from the authorized version of the King James Bible
French, Fiona.
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Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
The story of the birth of Christ, with illustrations "inspired by England's glorious stained-glass cathedral windows."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 54080.
Added Uniform Title:
Bible. Gospels. English. Authorized. Selections.
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Inspired by England's stained glass windows, artist Fiona French has created a stunning celebration of the birth od Jesus. In the magnificent words of the Kings James Bible, the story of the first Christmas unfolds. Beginning on the road to Bethlehem, through the Holy Family's flight by night to Egypt, breeathtaking panoramas in a Kaleidoscope of colors illuminate the story's miraculous events and timeless beauty.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. An illustrator in search of the story of Jesus' birth could find no better source than the King James Version of the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew. As in many Christmas pageants for young children, relevant passages are drawn from the two gospels and presented word for word. There is no dumbing down of the language. French illustrates familiar scenes from the Christmas story in a series of double-page spreads inspired by stained-glass windows. Heavy black lines separate geometrically shaped blocks of vivid colors, which are all the more brilliant for their juxtaposition with the black. With its bright colors and bold composition, the art is particularly effective from a distance, which makes the book welcome for reading aloud to groups of children. An eye-catching interpretation of the Christmas story. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

With her intricate color-blocked designs, French (Snow White in New York) re-creates scenes from the Nativity story in the style of medieval stained-glass windows. She renders the Holy Family, shepherds, wise men and donkeys in radiant jewel tones of varying intensity, suggesting the mysterious qualities of real glass. Majestic and memorable, the art invites the eye to linger over its details. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K Up-The Nativity story is told here in the timeless words from the King James version of the Bible, selected from both St. Matthew and St. Luke to form a coherent, simple narrative that is a joy to read aloud. The illustrations, inspired by stained-glass windows of England's cathedrals, frame the text in each glowing double-page spread. This is a satisfying choice for families who want a traditional telling of the first Christmas.-V. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.