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
The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton
To Everything There is a Season by Leo and Diane Dillon
Purpose of this Blog...
My original intent in creating this blog was to provide a resource (and some encouragement) for new moms and dads who want to spend time reading aloud to their children, but may not know where to begin. But it's really also for any adults (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, Godparents, teachers etc.) who have children/teens in their lives and want to help them foster a lifelong relationship with books. 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)