When Christmas in the Barn was first published in 1952, it demonstrated all of Margaret Wise Brown’s mastery at skillfully fashioning a truly childlike interpretation of the Nativity story. This beautiful full-color edition, with new art by bestselling illustrator Anna Dewdney, will delight generations of new readers.
How is it possible that we can still keep publishing books by the late Margaret Wise Brown after her death in 1952? Two reasons; one, Christmas in the Barn was actually first published in 1952 (the year of Brown’s death) and two, Brown left over 70 manuscripts after her passing. Yes, I wrote 7-0! As the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, it’s no wonder that I end up reviewing a new book by Brown almost every single year. In this reissued edition by Margaret Wise Brown, Christmas in the Barn tells a childlike interpretation of the Nativity story which is a Christmas story sure to delight generations of new readers. The illustrations are beautiful and full-color by New York Times bestselling illustrator Anna Dewdney, creator of the Llama Llama series. It’s really icing on the cake for such a celebrated author and perfect for the holiday season. Merry Christmas, my readers!
About the Author: Margaret Wise Brown, cherished for her unique ability to convey a child’s experience and perspective of the world, transformed the landscape of children’s literature with such beloved classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Other perennial favorites by Ms. Brown include Nibble Nibble, My World, Where Have You Been?, Christmas in the Barn, The Dead Bird, and Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.
About the Illustrator: Anna Dewdney is the bestselling author and illustrator of over fifteen award-winning children’s books, including a new edition of Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved Christmas in the Barn and the bestselling Llama Llama books, which have been translated into over ten languages. Anna grew up outside New York City and has lived in Vermont since the early 1980s. She has worked as a waitress and a rural mail carrier and has taught art, remedial language, history, and English in boarding schools. She is the mother of two daughters and several dogs.
Additional information about Margaret Wise Brown: There are not many parents who haven’t heard or read Brown’s most famous books, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. However, may are surprised to learn that despite their contemporary feel they both were written by Brown in the 1940s! Her books are one of the first examples of children’s bedtime stories and have become synonymous with children’s literature. Amazingly, Brown’s books are still being issued as re-releases with brand new illustrations and when Ms. Brown passed away in 1952, more than 70 manuscripts were found. Wow!
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