In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Brian Wildsmith tells the story of Mary, mother of Jesus, in a series of vivid scenes, framed with gold. We see the touching story of Mary's parents, the birth and childhood of Mary, her marriage to Joseph and the visit by the angel Gabriel. We travel with Mary to Bethlehem and witness the magic of the ...
In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Brian Wildsmith tells the story of Mary, mother of Jesus, in a series of vivid scenes, framed with gold. We see the touching story of Mary's parents, the birth and childhood of Mary, her marriage to Joseph and the visit by the angel Gabriel. We travel with Mary to Bethlehem and witness the magic of the Christmas story. We join with Mary as she experiences the tragedy of the cross, and the joy of the resurrection. Finally we see her assumption, and her crowning as Queen of Heaven. This highly decorative picture book has been carefully, and lovingly, researched, and provides the reader with beautifully imagined domestic scenes of Mary as a child, a wife, and a mother. Brian Wildsmith is one of the most venerable figures in children's illustration today and celebrates forty years of publishing with OUP in 2002 - a truly remarkable achievement. His first book, "Brian Wildsmith's ABC", which was first published in 1962 is still in print today.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-02-25 With a confident tone and delicately wrought ink-and-watercolor paintings, Wildsmith (Exodus) outlines the life of Mary, mother of Jesus and the "Queen of Heaven and Earth." Young readers will find details both familiar and (likely) new in Wildsmith's concise if sometimes rushed-sounding text, culled from the Gospels, The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine and the Protevangelium of James.Images of baby Mary taking her first steps and dancing in the temple as a toddler instantly bring a sense of joy and humanness to the fore. From those early days, Wildsmith quickly moves through Mary's various stages of life as daughter, sister, wife, mother and eventually, most holy queen. Fittingly, the author describes the journey to Bethlehem and Jesus' birth, the wedding at Cana where Jesus performs a miracle, and Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection as significant events, but he depicts them with some distance, through Mary's eyes. The paintings, framed in gold paint in the shape of wooden altarpieces, convey Mary's story in an accessible though appropriately reverent format. Judiciously chosen items within the compositions suggest an almost psychedelic sense of pattern and color, keeping the tone informal. All ages. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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