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Title:
One winter's night
Author:
Herman, John, 1944-
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Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Summary:
A lonely cow about to give birth on a cold winter's night finds shelter in a deserted shed with a man and a woman who are also having a baby.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 74304.
ISBN:
9780399234187
Format :
Book

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Summary

Martha is only a cow, but even a cow needs a safe, warm place on such a cold, snowy night-especially when she is about to give birth. She finds a house, but it is deserted. She finds a barn, but it is locked. Meanwhile, in a parallel story depicted only through art spots, a man and a woman and a donkey make their way across these same wintry fields. At last, Martha follows a star in the east to a shed . . . but she is not alone there. The man and woman are sheltering there too, and in a wonderfully mysterious way, another baby is about to be born this winter's night. Leo and Diane Dillon's art blends warmly with John Herman's lyrical text as parallel journeys of two very special mothers merge in this soft, gentle tale about one miraculous night.


Author Notes

John Herman has written the books Labyrinth , One Winter's Night , and Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag .

Diane Dillon was born in Los Angeles in 1933. She met her future husband, Leo, when they were both studying at the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1953. They married in 1957 and became an iconic artistic duo. The Dillons are the only illustrators to win the Caldecott Medal two years in a row, which they did in 1976 and 1977. They produced more than 100 speculative book and magazine covers together.

Leo Dillon was born to Trinidadian parents in New York in 1933. He met his future wife, Diane, when they were both studying at the Parsons School of Design in New York in 1953. They married in 1957 and became an iconic artistic duo. Leo and Diane collaborated on covers and woodcuts for a number of Harlan Ellison books; in 1981, Ellison edited a biography of them entitled The Art of Leo & Diane Dillon. Leo and Diane are the only illustrators to win the Caldecott Medal two years in a row, which they did in 1976 and 1977. They produced more than 100 speculative book and magazine covers together. Leo Dillon passed away in 2012.


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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. This artistic, bifurcated representation of the nativity night relates how Martha, a lost, pregnant cow, follows a single star in the sky until she finds a shed where the starlight gleamed down like silver. Inside is a bearded man kneeling beside a radiant woman. Illustrations on the right-hand pages, in elegant style and colored in beautiful blues with bright highlights, depict Martha's search for shelter; opposite, across the top of the page and colored in sepia tones, are woodcuts showing Joseph and Mary's travels. The parallel journeys intersect in the shed, where both Mary and Martha give birth, two glorious babies on one winter's night. The simple, lyrical text makes no biblical references other than the man calling the woman Mary. The use of contrasting art styles is interesting although it sometimes interrupts the narrative flow. Still, there is both tenderness and poignancy in this original and unusual presentation. --Julie Cummins Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In simple, evocative language, Herman (Labyrinth) dovetails two different yet parallel Christmas Eve journeys. A lost, pregnant cow named Martha searches through bitter cold and snow for a place to give birth. Simultaneously, an expectant Mary, with Joseph, also seeks shelter and a potential birthing place. By book's end Mary, Joseph and Martha find haven in a hay-filled shed and comfort one another during a night that brings a miracle and new life. Full-page watercolors awash in nighttime shadow and starlight focus mainly on Martha, while on the opposing pages small sepia-toned watercolor vignettes, resembling somewhat hazy woodcuts, follow Mary and Joseph. The art suggests a Northern farm rather than Bethlehem, but a hushed, solemn mood prevails. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A cow lost on a cold and snowy night searches for a safe place in which to give birth. When she finally finds a stable, she is welcomed by a young couple who have also taken shelter there. Predictably, both mothers-human and bovine-give birth to "two glorious babies on one winter's night." A lyrical narrative and radiant watercolor-and-pastel illustrations lift this parallel Nativity story above the more hackneyed versions that are widely available. The Dillons present the cow's story in full-page naturalistic paintings on the right side of each spread while the journey of the human couple is pictured in monochromatic pictures resembling woodcuts above the text on the left. This is a good choice for read-alouds in family and church settings.-V. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.