One Wintry Night

One Wintry Night

eBook - 2012
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A snowy night, a warm cabin, and a boy who hears the Christmas story told for the first time-beginning with Creation and ending with the Resurrection A classic Christmas picture book, One Wintry Night tells the story of a mountain boy who is injured in a snowstorm and seeks refuge in a cabin. While he waits out the storm, the woman who lives there tells him the Christmas story. In a magnificent blend of a contemporary setting with the history of God's redeeming love, Ruth Graham created a wonderful and unique version of the Christmas story. Breathtakingly illustrated by renowned artist Richard Jesse Watson, One Wintry Night is the perfect gift for the young and the young-at-heart that will fascinate both those who have heard the Bible story many times and those who know only a few details. "Ruth Bell Graham has written the perfect Christmas book . . . with imaginative, stunning pictures. It is a book children and adults will love. The story is tried and true, well-told, and important. I can see children around the world sitting with a parent or grandparent saying, 'Then what happened?' or, 'Turn the page. Let's see the next picture.' I love this story and I love this book." - Barbara Bush
Publisher: 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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FindingJane May 26, 2015

This is a marvelous picture book and one I thoroughly enjoyed, in spite of my own agnosticism. As an old woman weaves the tale of the Bible from Genesis to the birth, death and re-birth of Christ to a spellbound boy, we the readers are also taken on this incredible journey.

But what lifts this book from merely rote rendering of a familiar story are the illustrations. They are simply gorgeous; there’s no other word that does them justice. The color spectrum is beautifully spread out in scenes of bucolic landscapes, animals and people, flora and fauna (the pages featuring the frog plague on Egypt have not one amphibian but many different types; it looks like something out of a National Geographic magazine). But black and white is impressively used as well—witness the two-page spread that shows the creation of light in the universe. It’s a stunner, one that ably captures the awesome majesty of this moment.

Sometimes, excess is avoided and the reader must fill in the gaps, as in the story of two floods. In one, we get not just the ark and the water but many of the marine creatures that must have been present—a detail that many people probably don’t consider but is a brilliant inclusion by the artist. In the other, we are limited simply to a splash of spray in one of the most realistic and artful renditions of water that I’ve ever seen. The naturalism of the liquid medium is rendered so well you almost expect the paper to be wet when you touch it.

As picture books go, this is one of the best. You can well believe the illustrator spent four years on its pictorial content.

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