What a Morning!: The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals

John Langstaff, Author, Ashley Bryan, Illustrator Atheneum Books $14.95 (20p) ISBN 978-0-689-50422-8
In this picture book, the Christmas story is told in spirituals: ""Mary Had a Baby,'' ``My Lord, What a Morning!'' and ``Go Tell It on the Mountain'' among them, until the baby is born, and ``Behold That Star!'' closes the tale. Bryan's illustrations tie into the African-American theme, showing a black Holy family and multiracial wise men and shepherds. Bold brush strokes line each landscape and every garment; the star of Bethlehem, through the religious prism, reveals colors of rainbow hues. This collection of songs exhibits an intimacy and compassion that give these spirituals a stunning universality. All ages. (September)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12068-5
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-689-80807-4
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