From a two-time Greenaway Medal winner, a beautiful, unusual book. The text (chapter and verse cited on the final page) has been printed in large type on the almost square (9"" x 10""), stark white pages; the story is told pictorially--in a series of gold-framed compositions in which the figures are represented entirely in black silhouette, superimposed on backgrounds of somber colors and masterfully rendered light that vividly suggest the settings. The text is also embellished with bright, ornamental initials and symbolic motifs, making generous use of gleaming gold: rose, holly, grape, olive, a spider and its web, even a dandelion; though simplified so as to be in harmony with the silhouettes, each is remarkably precise. The design here is so bold that it may at first be disconcerting, yet familiarity reveals its subtlety and power. Unlike Anno's In Shadowland (p. 359/C-49), which also juxtaposed silhouettes with color illustrations, the various elements that compose each double spread here are in perfect harmony. A memorable, dramatic, reverent presentation.