A CHILD IS BORN by Marc-Alexander Schulze


From the Gospel According to Saint Luke
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Age Range: 4 - 7
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This traditional interpretation of the Nativity story uses the text from the book of Luke in the King James Version of the Bible. The text gives the basic outline of the story, including the shepherds and their visit from the angel, as well as Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the birth of the Christ Child in the stable, but it does not include the arrival of the Wise Men. Schulze provides attractive acrylic paintings with appropriately researched biblical scenes, but he too often shows his characters with downcast eyes, giving them a sleepy look. In contrast, the donkey and the cow in the stable have relatively huge eyes, further emphasizing the humans' somnolent appearance. His illustrations of Mary riding on the donkey are awkward; she looks about to topple off as they proceed down the hill to Bethlehem. The black-lettered text is incorporated within double-page spreads, often set against deep-blue evening skies, and on several pages the text is nearly unreadable due to the lack of contrast. (Picture book/religion. 4-7)
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7358-2321-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2010


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