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The Christmas Story: From The King James Bible

4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The story of the birth of Christ, celebrated around the world at Christmas, is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. From Mary’s meeting with the angel Gabriel, to the birth of baby Jesus in a stable, to the visit of shepherds and three wise men, the story is rich in imagery and symbolism. Here, in a triumph of glorious art, is that wondrous story excerpted from ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 14th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published October 15th 1998)
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Russian-born Gennady Spirin masterfully illustrates The Christmas Story, which begins with the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary and ends with the Wise Men worshipping the young child, Jesus. The artistry is reminiscent of biblical text surrounded with marginalia along with illustrations on opposing pages that look as though they have been borrowed directly from a Russian Orthodox church, some even with detailed icons in the corners of pages. The text comes directly from The King James Bible (the Go ...more
Russian born artist illustrates a traditional retelling. Unique, old world art.
Stacy Natal
Written in the words of the gospel, it tells the story of Jesus' birth. I liked reading this version with the kids because we had to decipher the wording so that it made sense for them (lots of new vocabulary). I think that I lost my fifth grader part way through it, but still think it was a good story for her. I didn't love the illustrations, I think they were too ornate. Since the gospel was so arduous, I would have liked the photos to clarify the story a bit more.

In our Christmas books collection. We read this one on Christmas eve.
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Alternate spelling: Grennadij Spirin.

Illustrator of more than 40 children's books, Gennady Spirin has been the recipient of the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
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