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Title:
Silent night / illustrations by Lara Hawthorne.
Title Variants:
Christmas choir :

silent night
ISBN:
9781786030665
Publication Information:
London : Lincoln Children's Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group, 2018.

©2018
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1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 28 cm
Abstract:
Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this beautifully illustrated book, based on the world's best-loved carol, "Silent Night." Rediscover the nativity story in all its glory from quaking shepherds to heaven-sent angels as the song lyrics are brought to life on every spread.
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"A standout among books to share on Christmas Eve." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"The Christmas Choir series launches with this reverent and accessible adaptation of a favorite carol." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright

Celebrate the magic of Christmas with this beautifully illustrated book, based on the world's best-loved carol. Rediscover the Nativity Story in all its glory--from quaking shepherds to heaven-sent angels--as the song lyrics are brought to life on every spread. The world's diversity is reflected in a cast of characters with a range of skin tones. A gorgeous book for all the family to share during the festive season.


Author Notes

Lara Hawthorne is an illustrator based in Bristol, UK. After graduating from Falmouth University in 2013 where she studied illustration, she has had work shortlisted for the Lowry Children's Book Award and has written and illustrated Herberto , a picture book published in Portugal, Brazil, Slovenia, France and South Korea. Her other books include The King of Christmas , Carol Ann Duffy's 2016 Christmas poem, published by Picador, and The Night Flower , published by Big Picture Press. As well as focusing on narrative work, Lara also sells a variety of prints, notebooks and cards. Through Betty & Dupree, her prints are distributed to shops throughout the UK and internationally.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Christmas Choir series launches with this reverent and accessible adaptation of a favorite carol. Hawthorne (The Night Flower) pairs the song's familiar lyrics with stylized gouache images that chronicle the Nativity. In her rendition, the drama unfolds under a black, star-speckled night sky above a hilly Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary, two brown-skinned travelers, take shelter in the spare-looking stable where their "holy infant" is born. All the key characters make an appearance-angels, shepherds, magi, and a menagerie of gentle animals. Trees and leaves accent the scenes, as do bright splashes of color from the hillside buildings, the kings' rich garments, and vibrant blankets that swaddle. The book concludes with a note about the song's origin and a page of lyrics. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

With gouache paintings rendered into collagelike illustrations via Photoshop, Hawthornes version of the classic Christmas carol notably features Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as a brown-skinned family. The text includes all three verses of John Freeman Youngs English translation and is thoughtfully divided among the pages and carefully placed upon each one. While the heavenly hosts et al. threaten to overwhelm some of the spreads, the figure and animal drawing is supple, with good contrast made between the black and midnight-blue of the sky, the white wings of the angels, and the delicate coloring of clothing and other textiles. roger Sutton (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.