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It is hard to resist a beautiful Christmas book that combines a familiar text with a fresh artistic perspective. This year, Lara Hawthorne’s Silent Night fits that description. Hawthorne’s trademark style brings the Christmas carol’s story of the nativity to life as Mary and Joseph make their way to Bethlehem. There they await and then welcome the holy infant. Shepherds come to adore the Christ as the song’s text continues, and they are joined by the three wise men.

What sets this book apart is that unlike many depictions, the holy family, the shepherds, and the wise men actually look like Middle Eastern people. The intricate and whimsical illustrations are set against a very black sky.

While created for young children, as with any beautiful picture book it is perfect for any age to share and savor. (Lincoln Children’s Books)

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