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The Ageless Story

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The story of Jesus, told through hymns. Antiphons in Latin, with music (plain chant).
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 1939 by Dodd, Mead & Company
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This is another book I probably never would've picked up if it weren't for the fact that it is a 1940 Caldecott Honor award winner. It is a very unusual book in many ways. First off, as another reviewer has said here ( it is a full-color book, something that was rare for that period in time, when most books only had every other or a couple of pages illustrated in color. Also it is made to look like an illuminated manuscript. It is very clear from the lett ...more
The letter from the author to her goddaughter helps ground the book in context for why it was created, and the illustrations full of color are a standout for the children's books being at the time - all the feel of illuminated manuscripts, with the unique twist of blending the characters of the Nativity story (angels, Virgin Mary and Joseph, etc.) with backgrounds and buildings from the time of the publication. The Advent and Christmas experience of this book would have been greatly helped with ...more
The art is old-fashioned, and creepy in that peculiar old-fashioned way. The preface is about how important Jesus is, and the story of Jesus' birth is related, but all of the art that is depicting his life is set in modern houses in modern clothes. It is weird, and ends abruptly.
This is the story of Jesus told through various hymns. The book was originally published in 1939 and it shows. I'm sure this was a nice book at the time, but I just don't see this capturing a kid's attention. The hymns are in Latin and the illustrations, while nice, are a bit weird. It has depictions of scenes from Jesus' life as though it is around the 1800s or something. The introduction, written by the author to her goddaughter, laments how hymns have become less holy. It is a very dated and ...more
This is a very stunning book that makes me think of illuminated manuscripts. An interesting concept, with the story of Jesus set in modern times (at least modern when it was written). The artwork is beautiful, especially when you compare the vibrancy of the colors to the other picture books from the same period. The music for the chants is quite interesting as well.
This is the story of Jesus told in then modern times with images from the author's life depicted in the drawings. Maybe at the time, this was a wonderful book, but I'd rather read a children's version of the Bible to get this story. It just didn't strike me as being anything spectacular.
1940 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: All of the borders used to surround the sheet music and the illustrations--love the gold foil!

Kid-appeal: Very much a Bible study oriented book and doesn't seem very oriented to appeal to children other than the illustrations.
The story of Jesus' birth; illustrated like an illuminated manuscript and hymnal. Honestly, the illustrations didn't appeal to me at all. I found some of the faces rather creepy. But when it was first published, I'm sure it was a nice keepsake book.
1940 Caldecott honor

The pictures were okay and the historical aspect was nice, but otherwise not terribly interesting for me. Sweet introduction from the author to her god-daughter.
Story of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. Illustrations are beautiful - especially considering the time period when published (1939).
Lovely drawings depicting story of the birth of Jesus from an aunt to her goddaughter. Has music - Georgian chants.
1940 Caldecott Honor

text explain music scale...on the life of Mary, mother of Jesus.
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