Author(s): Paintings from The National Gallery, London
The story of the first Christmas long ago is captured here in all its mystery by some of the world's greatest artists. The familiar words of the King James Version of the Bible together with the glorious full-page images create a beautiful picture book telling the Christmas story. There is an index at the end of the book giving brief details about the painters and their paintings.
This book is a simple idea beautifully achieved. Times Educational Supplement The First Christmas makes a simple and good introduction to the National Gallery using the words of the Bible. Guardian It makes a perfect introduction both to the Nativity and to Renaissance art, with words from the King James Bible and reproductions of paintings belonging to the National Gallery. Independent In books -- as in life -- the best ideas are often the simplest ones, striking the reader with the force of inevitability. The First Christmas falls into this category, a picture book for the very young which brings together some of the great biblical paintings of the Renaissance from London's National Gallery and carefully chosen texts from the authorised version of the Old and New Testaments. It is a marvellous way of introducing great art -- and the Christmas story -- to young children. -- Michael Glover Financial Times