'Twas the Evening of Christmas

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8.7 X 11.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Glenys Nellist was born and raised in a little village in northern England. The author of multiple children's books including the bestselling 'Twas the Evening of Christmas and the popular series Love Letters from God and Snuggle Time, her writing reflects a deep passion for helping children discover joy in the world. Glenys lives in Michigan with her husband, David. Learn more at GlenysNellist.com

Elena Selivanova graduated from the Moscow State University of Printing Arts and has worked for twenty years as a children's book illustrator. She has illustrated over one hundred books and has created a wide variety of memorable and beloved characters.

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