Cover image for The first Christmas : the King James version
Title:
The first Christmas : the King James version
Author:
Pieńkowski, Jan, illustrator.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]

©1984
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Silhouettes against colorful backgrounds accompany verses from the Gospels in retelling the story of the first Christmas.

A collection of Christmas verses from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew is illustrated in dark silhouettes with richly colored backgrounds.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.8 0.5 148415.
Added Author:
Added Uniform Title:
Bible. Gospels. English. Authorized. Selections. 2011.
ISBN:
9780375871511

9780385755184
Format :
Book

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Central Library BT315 .A3 1984 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
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Audubon Library BT315 .A3 1984 Juvenile Non-Fiction Holiday
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Summary

In the days of Herod the King, the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph. Thus begins the Nativity story, illustrated in Jan Pienkowski's The First Christmas with black silhouettes and decorative silver ink against brilliant jewel-like colors. The text is selected from the King James version of the Bible (The Gospels of Luke and Matthew), and the scenes depicted by Pienkowski span various settings, time periods, and moods, making this an imaginative and nuanced interpretation.

Originally published in 1984, this is a stunning work of art, a reverent telling of the Nativity story, and a Christmas classic to treasure.


Author Notes

JAN PIENKOWSKI is a distinguished illustrator of children's books. Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1936, he spent his childhood there under German occupation and moved to England shortly after the war. He studied English literature and classics at Cambridge and became a designer after graduation. Since then he has illustrated more than fifty children's books and was twice awarded England's highest honor for children's book illustration, the Kate Greenaway Medal.


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