The First Christmas

Publisher: Penguin

Review

Jan Pienkowski's silhouette illustrations lend an air of mystery and drama to this text, taken from the King James Bible.

As the Nativity story unfolds, familiar scenes are brought vividly to life by exquisite illustrations. A dark stable is flooded with light from Joseph's lantern as woodland animals look on.

Angel Gabriel adopts a lively, dynamic pose as the figures of startled shepherds cower beneath him. The silhouette of a young Jesus working with his carpenter father is illuminated by a colourful rainbow, symbolising hope.

Wreaths of holly, pine cones and leaping reindeer, wrap themselves around the text, reflecting more modern images of Christmas but not detracting from the timeless story of Christ's birth. A modern classic to be shared and revisited every Christmas.

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