Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

One Winter's Night

One Winter's Night, written by John Herman with beautiful illustrations by the husband and wife team of Leo and Diane Dillon.  This quiet story parallels the journeys of a lonely cow and a human couple, each trying to find shelter and a safe place to give birth.  They have both followed a star, and the two journeys intersect when the couple welcomes the cow into a stable they've found. The Dillons present the cow's story in full-page, blue-toned naturalistic paintings on the right side of each spread while the journey of Mary and Joseph is pictured in monochromatic, sepia-colored pictures resembling woodcuts above the text on the left.  A tender and poignant telling in this unique presentation of the Nativity story.

Other books illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon:
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale

The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton
The People Could Fly

To Everything There is a Season by Leo and Diane Dillon
To Every Thing There Is A Season


  1. I always enjoy a book that tells about the TRUE meaning of Christmas..."One Winter's Night" sounds like another good one.

    One of my favorites is "Mortimer's Christmas"...have you seen that one? Just precious.

  2. No - I'll have to look for that one...thanks!