In this beautifully illustrated book for young children, the three Kings decide to journey west, following the star to a very special destination. Read more...
In this beautifully illustrated book for young children, the three Kings decide to journey west, following the star to a very special destination.
Loek Koopmans' retelling of one part of the Christmas story is full of life and character, as well as mystery and wonder.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Dutch artist Koopmans offers a subdued, almost dreamlike account of the journey of the wise men, Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar. Gathered in the turret of an observatory, surrounded by hilly desert, the three "stargazers" look with awe at the strange star that has appeared in the sky: "They did not know the star's name. They had never seen anything like it before. It was a miracle." With a backdrop of pale yellows, greens, and blues, Koopmans's paintings have a gauzy quality that amplifies the mystery about the star's meaning as the men acquire camels and gifts and follow the star, suspecting it may be connected to an ancient story about the birth of a new king. A powerful sense of serenity permeates both the understated text and richly rendered artwork. Ages 4–up. (Oct.)