Stories from the Life of Jesus by Celia Barker Lottridge

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The stories from the Gospels about the life of Jesus are among the cornerstones of Western culture. These texts are essential for the reading of books, for looking at art, and for listening to music. Today, when religion is both omnipresent and strangely absent from children’s lives, this version of the Gospels is presented to readers in their cultural context and as a narrative of interest both for the quality of the life it tells as well as for the deep, resonant role it has played in the lives of all of us who live in the Christian and post-Christian world. The parables are so freshly told that they seem new again.

Linda Wolfsgruber, the illustrator for this lavish book, has been deeply familiar with the Bible stories since her childhood in the deeply Catholic Sud Tyrol—today Alto Adige. Her acquaintance with the iconographic roots of the stories enables her to situate the illustrations in historical tradition.

At a time when many groups claim to hold the absolute truth about one religion or another, these books focus on the stories themselves. They aim to give children a greater understanding of their own cultural inheritance.

About Celia Barker Lottridge

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Celia Barker Lottridge is a writer and storyteller who has written several highly acclaimed children's books, including Ticket to Curlew(winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Fiction Award), Berta: A Remarkable Dog(nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award, Horn Bookstarred review) and Stories from the Life of Jesus(Publishers Weeklystarred review). She wrote Home Is Beyond the Mountainsafter hearing her mother's stories about growing up in Persia and after reading letter's written by Celia's aunt, Susan Shedd. Born in Iowa and raised in the United States, Celia now lives in Toronto.Gary Clement won a Governor General's award for The Great Poochini. In addition to being an author and illustrator of children's books, he is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Timesand the Wall Street Journal. He regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings in Toronto.
Published February 24, 2004 by Groundwood Books. 128 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The storyteller behind Stories from the Life of Jesus delivers Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel, retold by Celia Barker Lottridge, illus.

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