The Christmas Story, Gospel According to St. Luke

by Julia Alvarez, Illustrations by James Bernadin

HarperCollins, October, 2002.
Picture Book, 32 pages.
ISBN: 0060288825
Ages All Ages

The Christmas Story, Gospel According to St. Luke by Julia Alvarez Artist James Bernadin creates an inspiring and beautiful book with his latest project: the illustration of the story of the birth of Jesus, as told in the Gospel according to St. Luke in the St. James version of the bible. "And it came to pass in those day, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city." So starts the story, which sets Mary and Joseph on the path to Bethlehem. Bernadin's paintings are dreamy and awe-inspiring; the scene of the shepherds who are visited by the angel of the Lord is depicted in cool blue and white tones which suggest a heavenly visitor. The baby Jesus is shown in the manger with his adoring parents; a golden light shines from the infant. This is a must-have for Christian parents who wish to share the story of Jesus' birth with their children. The simple text and the lovely paintings which radiate love and joy make this a perfect book to be read aloud every Christmas Eve.

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This review was published in the December-January, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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