The Nativity ¦ Hanukkah
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Our cover illustration this month is by Alan Lee from The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien. The first-ever colour illustrated edition is now available from HarperCollins (0 261 102230 3) at £30.00. We thank them for their help in reproducing the cover of the book.
These two large format books are beautifully presented with evocative illustrations that remind me of the stamps we used to receive for Sunday School attendance.
The former tells the famous story by combining various sections of the King James version, which might mean unfamiliar language, but ensures a poetic tone enhanced fittingly by flowing, yet clear, calligraphy.
The story of the Jewish Festival of Light is related more simply and straightforwardly in contrast to the lavishly bordered illustrations, which tend to be the more memorable. Both books deserve to be placed in the hands of children.