Long Ago, On a Silent Night (Hardcover)
For the littlest reader
Signed copies available!Holiday Staff Picks 2019
Long ago, in a dusty barn, a mother took a child in her arms, wrapped him snug, made his bed in the hay. He was her gift that Christmas Day. There's no sweeter gift than a life so new. My best gift, little one, is you.
In this poignant and lyrical story by Printz Honor recipient Julie Berry, the miracle of Christmas and the promise in every new child come together in a luminous celebration of unconditional love and hope. With tender, incandescent illustrations by Annie Won, the wonder of the nativity story and the marvel of every baby come alive in a wholly extraordinary book for families everywhere.
A special, beautiful keepsake storybook to read, share, and cherish every Christmas season with the ones you love.
About the Author
Annie Won is an illustrator of many books for children, including The Elves and the Shoemaker, Margaret Wise Brown's The Whispering Rabbit, and In the Quiet, Noisy Woods, written by Michael J. Rosen. Annie received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts and lives in New York City with her beloved cat. You can visit her at anniewon.com.
* "Irresistibly compelling... [Berry conveys] complex historical and religious matters fluently and accessibly for today's readers."- Horn Book, starred review
* "Berry again delivers an utterly original and instantly engrossing story...she weaves a tense, moving portrait of these two teenage girls and their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds."- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Kudos, then, to Berry for creating a sweeping saga that not only deeply entwines both [historical fiction & religion], but also dissects its characters' humanity as it looks at the often troubling beliefs that underlay their actions." -- Booklist, starred review
* "Readers will be transported into Dolssa and Botille's world. An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction." - School Library Journal, starred review
* "A skillfully crafted and tenderly told story of faith and friendship tested."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"The slow build reveals...a compelling, admirable young woman in a gorgeously built world that accepts miracles without question...Immersive and mesmerizing."- Kirkus Reviews
This book is a delight! It serves a great role as a perfect segue book for those kids who love reading graphic novels, but need to try reading chapter books as well! I’ve loved Kenneth Oppel’s books since I was a kid, and he continues to deliver treasures that are original and unique. Inkling follows Ethan, whose father used to be a very successful comic artist, and now Ethan struggles with his legacy, but things are shaken up when a little ink blot, an inkling, comes to life from his father’s work!! This book is at once charming and touching, and full of bits of chuckle-inducing humor and heart. Inkling is packed with illustrations too, which make it even more fun for those that love art or graphic novels! After Inkling, whenever I see an ink blot or an ink stain, I gasp and think, “IT’S AN INKLING!!”
(Middle Grade, ages 8+) - reviewed by Isabel