Item description for The Nativity: Mary Remembers by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton & Kasi Kubiak...
Laurie Knowlton's lovely and sensitive retelling views the first Christmas through the eyes of the mother of Jesus as she undertakes the long journey to Bethlehem where, in a crude stable, Jesus Christ is born."The Story of Christ's Birth" is the essence of the worldwide celebration known as Christmas. Resonating beyond the gifts and the glitter, the joyous true meaning of this festival shines through in this inspiring version of the Nativity.Delightful painting by Kasi Kubiak capture the rejoicing of angels, shepherds and kings as they welcome the newly born Jesus into the world.
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Studio: Boyds Mills Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.28" Width: 8.84" Height: 0.34" Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 1998
Publisher Boyds Mills Press
ISBN 1563977141 ISBN13 9781563977145
Availability 0 units.
More About Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton & Kasi Kubiak
Laurie Lazzaro Nativity is the author of "The Nativity: Mary Remembers "as well as a trio of books--"Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On, Why Cowboys Need a Brand, "and "Why Cowboys Need a Pardner. "She lives in Medina, Ohio."
Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton currently resides in Medina, in the state of Ohio.
Although I admit prejudice, being a proud friend of the author, I am still overwhelmed by the beauty of this book.
Laurie's story, as told from Mary's perspective, allows the reader to truly capture the fear, honor and profound responsibility of being A mother, as well as being THE mother of the son of God, and mankind's salvation. "Fear gripped my heart as we slipped through the night. God was sending us to Egypt. The land that once held my people captive would now shield His son from the sword of Herod."
While she is faithful to the biblical descriptions of the nativity, by writing from Mary's point of view, we can share in her thoughts, and we can feel the same awe and joy that allows the reader to feel transported to one of the most profound events in all of Christianity.
Kasi Kubiak's illustrations are nothing short of exquisite, evoking in me the same emotional awe as in Mercer Mayer's Beauty and the Beast. The light emanating from Jesus and the gentle detailing of each face clearly reflect that this was a labor of love for the artist. I find myself lingering on each picture and enjoy how 'alive' they look. (You also have to love an artist who uses her father's face for one of the wise men!) She has also captured MY vision of what angels look like, and I am planning on buying another copy so I may frame several pictures as they moved me greatly.
This book can be appreciated by anyone at any age, and gives an added dimension to the birth of Christ that will captivate all who read this book.
What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful story! Jan 16, 1999
I should start this review by stating that I am a very biased critic. I was an emotional supporter for Kasi Kubiak as she created the magical characters for this book. I watched as she put in hours of work, beginning the process with prilimary sketches and making numerous changes to the paintings themselves. She never considered her work done until she was absolutely positive she had captured the true emotion of the characters. Watching the work and love that went into the illustrations, I have a new found respect for artists in this profession. This book started as basic Bible text and Laurie Knowlton was brought in to add life to it after the publisher's saw Kasi's illustrations. (Laurie and Kasi were left to do the marketing for their book on their own and between the two sold approximately 800 books. Book stores mysteriously left it off the shelves during the Christmas season. Where were the publisher's?) I'm sorry the previous critic felt that Kasi's illustrations were inappropriate for this book, but everytime I look at my signed copy I see myself in Mary and the love in every stroke of Kasi's brush.
This book is awesome. The illustrations are wonderful. Dec 17, 1998
This is a great book for the holidays. I read it to my 4 year old sunday school class and they were captivated. It is making a wonderful gift for my friends and family.