This Is the Star

Joyce Dunbar, Author, Gary Glythe, Illustrator, Gary Blythe, Illustrator Harcourt Children's Books $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-15-200851-2
An exquisite rendition of the Nativity, this work really is the star, a sure standout amidst the season's picture books. Blythe's (The Whales' Song) awe-inspiring oils interpret in photo-realistic detail Mary and Joseph's difficult journey and the miraculous birth of Christ. The images include traditional scenes along with more startling compositions, such as a blinding-white angel appearing in the dark heavens and frightening the tiny mortal shepherds below. Maintaining an appropriate reverence, Dunbar transforms the Biblical story into a rhyming cumulative text. Her sophisticated vocabulary and phrasing guard against the singsong rhythm that so frequently governs cumulative verse: ""This is the gold and fragrant myrrh/ And frankincense, the gifts that were/ Placed by the manger warm with hay/ Wherein a newborn baby lay."" A volume to be treasured by the whole family. All ages. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/02/1996
Release date: 10/01/1996
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-89041-0
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-15736-0
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-15-201910-5
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