A few weeks ago, I promised to share a peek inside my newest children’s picture book, ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas, a Nativity story told in rhyme that mimics Clement C Moore’s classic tale.
Publisher’s Weekly describes Russian born Elena Selivanova’s illustrations as:
Evocative paintings featuring soft lines and gentle shifts between sunlight, moonglow, starlight, and shadow–as well as light that seems to emanate from the newborn child. Her gauzy, muted palette and shifting perspectives fully immerse readers in the unfolding events.
Here’s your peek at some of my favorite scenes, beginning with the animals in the stable:
The pigeons were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of breadcrumbs danced round in their heads…
Up jumped the cows, and the oxen and sheep.
Up popped the pigeons, aroused from their sleep.
They all came to gaze at the new baby boy,
As his mama and papa hugged him with joy.
As Mary laid Jesus, asleep, in the hay,
She thought about all that had happened that day…
What a wonderful day that was! I hope you enjoyed this little peek inside ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas, and if you’d like to see more, take a look at the one minute video below.