The Christmas Story: From the Gospel According to St. Luke from the King James Bible

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9780060288822: The Christmas Story: From the Gospel According to St. Luke from the King James Bible

And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.

When all the world is to be taxed, a carpenter named Joseph takes his pregnant wife, Mary, to a place called Bethlehem to deliver a miracle to the world. This is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, taken directly from the Gospel according to St. Luke in the King James Bible.

These simple yet profound words tell a powerful story of life, love, and hope, while James Bernardin's stunning paintings masterfully transport us to this magical time and place. The Christmas Story is the perfect way to share one of the most famous stories of all time with your family.

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About the Author:

James Bernardin is a versatile and prolific illustrator of many acclaimed books for children. He has illustrated Laura Numeroff's Would I Trade My Parents?, Eve Bunting's Too Many Monsters, and Candy Chand's The Twelve Prayers of Christmas. He has also created artwork for numerous book covers, including Mary Pope Osborne's Tales from the Odyssey series.

James lives on Bainbridge Island in Washington State with his wife, Lisa, and two sons, Wyeth and Bryson.

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PreS-Gr. 2. Amidst the numerous riffs on the Christmas story (often from the point of view of an animal) comes this straightforward, dramatic revisioning of St. Luke's gospel. The first page, which shows a Roman soldier nailing Caesar's decree to a door, plants the story squarely in a particular time and place. Bernardin's paintings, focusing tightly on the essentials laid out in the text, capture the shepherds amazement when an angel appears and their utter joy at the sight of the baby. The angel is no winged cherub creature but a large figure with arms outstretched, shining and magnificent. The story continues with a segment often left out of books: the shepherds spread the word of what they've seen, and Mary "kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart." The realistic art is the strong suit here: Jesus looks like a newborn, and Mary, serene and overwhelmed by love, seems made of flesh and blood. Make room on Christmas shelves for this joyful depiction of the nativity story. Susan Dove Lempke
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