FICTION

The Nativity

tr. by Kathryn Bishop. illus. by Giotto di Bondone. 32p. Minedition. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9789888240463.
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K-Gr 2—The story of the birth of Jesus is retold in simple, large text alongside the artwork of early Renaissance master Giotto di Bondone (known simply as Giotto). The art on the opposite of each page spread depicts each major aspect of the Christmas story, from the arrival of the angel Gabriel during the announcement of the Incarnation to the Holy Family's flight into Egypt. Readers will be drawn to the gold foil artwork on the halos of the angels, Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus. Readers will relate to this special bond between a child and their mother: "And she would always be with her son…Always until the end." The last page brings the reader in with a close-up of the hand of Baby Jesus holding one of Mary's fingers.
VERDICT Some young readers might find the Giotto paintings a bit distancing, but others will find their glory to be a fine accompaniment to the classic story.

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