This Is the Star-Joyce Dunbar, Gary Blythe

  • Title: This Is the Star
  • Author: Joyce Dunbar, Gary Blythe
  • Released: 1998-10-01
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  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 0613890418
  • ISBN13: 978-0613890410
  • ASIN: 0613890418


From Publishers Weekly An exquisite rendition of the Nativity, this work really is the star, a sure standout amidst the season's picture books. Blythe's (The Whales' Song) awe-inspiring oils interpret in photo-realistic detail Mary and Joseph's difficult journey and the miraculous birth of Christ. The images include traditional scenes along with more startling compositions, such as a blinding-white angel appearing in the dark heavens and frightening the tiny mortal shepherds below. Maintaining an appropriate reverence, Dunbar transforms the Biblical story into a rhyming cumulative text. Her sophisticated vocabulary and phrasing guard against the singsong rhythm that so frequently governs cumulative verse: "This is the gold and fragrant myrrh/ And frankincense, the gifts that were/ Placed by the manger warm with hay/ Wherein a newborn baby lay." A volume to be treasured by the whole family. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Ages 5^-8. Dunbar tells the story of the Nativity as a cumulative tale, and she's surprisingly successful. She achieves reverence and grandeur by stringing together verses that echo biblical language and have a carol-like rhythm that builds image after image. The text is beautifully matched, perhaps outmatched, by the high-quality artwork. In fact, the majestic full-page oil paintings are the primary attraction of the book. Blythe blends realism and mystery in his work, using chiaroscuro and unbelievably complex textures to provide visual continuity for the text. In less capable hands, the difficult verse form might have become monotonous, but this book works because of the tonal quality of the verse, the finely honed phrases, and the extraordinary art. Shelley Townsend-Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. pdf
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