William H. Hooks's evocative retelling of this unusual Christmas legend transports readers back two thousand years to Bethlehem to follow nine-year-old Dorothy on her journey to see the Baby Jesus and to witness the miracle of a tiny white flower delicately transforming into the beautiful Christmas rose. Richard A. Williams's lush oil paintings evoke the beauty and joy of the first Christmas.
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William H. Hooks is the author of fifty-two books for children, including The Legend of the Christmas Rose, illustrated by Richard A. Williams, The Ballad of Belle Dorcas, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, and Freedom's Fruit, illustrated by James Ransome. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC.From Booklist:
The plant Helleborus niger, long used for its medicinal properties, became known as the Christmas Rose in a legend involving Christ's birth. In Hooks' lovely and fresh version, Dorothy, the little sister of three grown shepherds, desperately wants to see the newborn. Despite being forbidden to go, she follows her brothers, who, having heard from heavenly angels the news about the baby, take their prize lamb as a gift. Suddenly Dorothy realizes she has no present for the baby. When she begins to cry, an angel appears waving a small white flower, and soon the ground is blanketed with the little flowers. These Dorothy carries to Jesus, who is pleased and touches them, turning them pale pink. Williams' glorious paintings, stunning in their realism and rich with light and shadow, will very likely make this delightful book a Christmas favorite. An author's note is appended. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First edition.. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060271027
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