Item description for The Nativity by Julie Vivas...
Overview Illustrates the story of the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the wise men and shepherds at the manger.
The biblical story of the Nativity is one about faith, love--and a miracle. With illustrations that are enchanting and unexpected, Julie Vivas reveals the human side to Mary's story: beautifully imagining the Angel Gabriel delivering the news to her, the exhausting journey with Joseph to Bethlehem, and at last the deliverance of the baby Jesus.
First published in 1988, with text from the King James Version of the Bible, this Christmas classic is imbued with warmth and love in a stunning, redesigned edition that is sure to win the hearts of a whole new generation of young readers.
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Studio: Harcourt Children's Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.79" Width: 10.28" Height: 0.38" Weight: 0.98 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Gulliver Books
ISBN 0152055916 ISBN13 9780152055912
Availability 0 units.
More About Julie Vivas
JULIE VIVAS is the talented illustrator of "I Went Walking" by Sue Williams as well as the Mem Fox classics "Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" and "Possum Magic." She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Julie Vivas currently resides in Sydney. Julie Vivas was born in 1947.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Nativity?
The Nativity Jan 18, 2008
This is a fantastic book for all ages. The illustrations will warm your heart. An up- to- date angel in combat boots, Mary looking as young as she was, and a warm sense of family leaps off the pages. Borrow a child and read this book to them. You'll be a happy person.
I loved this back in 1984 too Jan 7, 2008
I found this years ago and was so thrilled with the new updated images of the characters, that I bought for all my friends back then. This year, I had to have it again for new friends. It's a wonderful re-telling of the Nativity in a more modern theme. The illustrations are remarkable. I love it and so did all the women I gave it to - especially expectant moms.
Best Nativity Book Ever! Dec 7, 2007
Found this at the library last year and rushed to get my own copy. The KJV Bible text coupled with the whimsical/human illustrations are as as refreshing as they are unorthodox. Unlike other reviewers who were appalled at angels with tattered wings and combat boots, having coffee with Mary, I chalked it up to artist's interpretation. The illustrations capture the emotions in this divine story, from the exhaustion of a just delivered Mary, to the tenderness of Joseph handling the baby, to the grandfatherly adoration of the sheperds as they peer into the manger. I also loved the naked newborn Jesus. This was precious, not vulgar or in poor taste as some reviewers have said. Every person comes into the world naked and helpless, after all. Of course, liberties were taken with the text, and the illustrations may not be "accurate" in their interpretation, but so what? Frankly, I'm sick of Nativity books that portray the stable as spotless and pristine, Mary looking fresh as a daisy, and everyone with a full head of hair. As whimsical as the pictures are, I think they offer a more realistic interpreation of how things really were. Let's face it folks, pregnancy and childbirth are hard work, stables are dusty, dirty, and stinky, people who live and work outside with livestock are going to look windblown and haggard, and traveling long distance on the backs of animals will leave you bowlegged and rumpled! Just enjoy the emotional essence of this ancient and divine event!
Makes a Mockery of Christ's Birth Nov 26, 2007
True Christians beware. This book is an obvious mockery of Christ's birth. The use of the King James Bible, while good, is an obvious ploy to lure Christian parents to purchase this for their children. The angels in this book are portrayed as clumsy (sometimes idiotic looking) fairies that interact with Mary and Joseph in human ways (one angel looks to be 'chatting' with Mary over coffee). In one picture it looks as if a shepherd is looking up the angels robes. Christ as a child is quite (graphically) nude. This book is an attempt to drag the history of Christ's birth down to the level of a silly fairy tale. This is dangerous because any child reading this book will probably find it too ridiculous to be true. Also, when the Wise Men arrive Christ is shown as an infant still. The Wise Men did not arrive to see Jesus until over a year after his birth (he was most likely two years old at the time). But like everything else in this book, while the text is the King James Bible, the art tells a completely different story- a fairy tale.
If you want your child to stay grounded in the truth of Christ's birth, stay away from this foolish book.
Great illustrations, they are so cute! Jan 16, 2007
I liked this book because it shows more of the real way things might have happened. It was a great way to show the Nativity.