Create a new family Advent tradition with a Christmas rhyming storybook that echoes familiar language and rhythm of Clement Moore's poetry but focuses on the birth of Jesus. With classic illustrations by Elena Selivanova, bestselling author Glenys Nellist shares the heartwarming nativity story.
More than 50,000 copies sold! 'Twas the Evening of Christmas was named a 2018 ECPA Christian Book Award Finalist.
Gather with your family each Advent season to share the beautiful retelling of the story of Jesus' birth. This picture book features:
- The nativity story with delightful poetry for children ages 4 to 8
- A festive jacketed cover with foil and sculpted embossing
- Calming illustrations from different perspectives to help fully immerse readers in the unfolding events
'Twas the evening of Christmas,
when all through the town,
Every inn was so crowded, no room could be found.
Tired Mary and Joseph, who went door to door,
At last found a place on a small stable floor.
"Nellist presents a nativity story that balances a lighthearted, anticipatory tone with an overarching reverence for the subject matter," said Publishers Weekly. 'Twas the Evening of Christmas is a recommended Advent gift that will be cherished for many years.
In a skillfully composed text that mimics the phrasing and cadence of Clement C. Moore's familiar holiday poem, Nellist presents a Nativity story that balances a lighthearted, anticipatory tone with an overarching reverence for the subject matter. 'and thinsp;'Twas the evening of Christmas, when all through the town, /Every inn was so crowded, no room could be found, ' she begins, incorporating the animals of the stable, the nearby shepherds, and the visiting Magi into her retelling ('The pigeons were nestled all snug in their beds, / While visions of breadcrumbs danced 'round in their heads'). Russian illustrator Selivanova's evocative paintings feature soft lines and gentle shifts between sunlight, moonglow, starlight, and shadow--as well as light that seems to emanate from the newborn child. Her gauzy, muted palette and shifting perspectives (in one scene, the shepherds are seen from above, through clusters of angels' wings) fully immerse readers in the unfolding events. Ages 4--8.--Publishers Weekly