The Spirit of Christmas
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
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Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But the best gift of all—the most magical gift of the season—is when we spend Christmas with those we love.
Once again, this New York Times-bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year. (And readers will want to look for the Spirit of Christmas image that Nancy has hidden on every page!)
Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling picture book On the Night You Were Born and its companion journal, The Wonder of You: A Book for Celebrating Baby's First Year. Her other books include Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You and Tumford the Terrible. A former advertising executive, Tillman now writes and illustrates full-time. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon.
Praise for The Spirit of Christmas:
“Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) expertly swirls together reality and fantasy—the narrator's child delights in the sight of the decorated tree, the lion lies down with the lamb—as is fitting for such a magical night.” —Shelf Awareness
“Handsomely illustrated, this Christmas book is bound to be hyped as the perfect seasonal gift. …Tillman’s sentimental sensibility and beautiful artwork ensure that this will become a popular choice at holiday time.” —Booklist
“A beautiful and timeless book.” —School Library Journal
“As the adult speaker of the story nods off in a comfy red chair, the Spirit of Christmas appears, ready to get the narrator in the holiday spirit. What follows is a buoyant, imagistic tribute to the season, as the Spirit lists joys both and intangible, before offering the reminder: ‘Because it took nothing but love to begin it,/ it's not really Christmas if love isn't in it.’ Tillman's ethereal illustrations are surreal but captivating.” —Publishers Weekly
“Bestselling author Tillman offers a dreamlike interpretation of the collective spirit that permeates the holiday.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The wonderful colored illustrations convey a sense of joy and peace.” —Children’s Literature
Praise for It’s Time to Sleep, My Love:
“As in On the Night You Were Born, the words directly address a young listener with comforting, fanciful imagery . . . Culminating in a final scene of a sleeping child in a floating bed under a watchful moon, this gentle, tender offering will buoy children with its strong messages of safety and love.” —Booklist
“A luxuriant bedtime retreat for children and parents alike.” —Kirkus Reviews
Praise for On the Night You Were Born:
“This is one of those rare baby books that should make both skeptics and sentimentalists of all ages happy.” —Publishers Weekly
“A beautiful tribute to the uniqueness of every child.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Many parents will welcome this opportunity to tell their children how special and loved they are.” —Booklist