First Christmas by Jan Pienkowski

First Christmas

Written by Jan Pienkowski

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Dreamy illustrations and simple text evoke quite brilliantly the time and place of the birth of Jesus, of Mary and Joseph, the three wise men and the shepherds. This Christmas story, we believe stands out from the many other titles in this area and makes an ideal gift at this festive time for sharing with young children and for slightly older children who enjoy the experience of reading independently.


First Christmas by Jan Pienkowski

Experience the true spirit of Christmas with this rich celebration of the Christmas story. With words from the "King James Bible", the nativity story is brought gloriously to life with illuminated pages of silhouettes set against glowing colours. The beautiful design and gold highlights throughout make this a true classic and the perfect Christmas gift.

About the Author

Jan Pienkowski

Jan Pienkowski is a celebrated illustrator of children's books and an internationally renowned master of silhouettes. He has won the Greenaway Medal twice for his illustration of Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea and for the pioneering pop-up book Haunted House. He was born in Warsaw in 1936. His family were architects and artists. He made his first book when he was 8, as a present for his father. It was all about road rage - but featuring a horse and cart. The war made his childhood an adventure, if not a very comfortable one at times, taking him from Poland to Austria, Germany, Italy and finally bringing him in 1946 to England. With his parents, he came to Herefordshire, where he had two new experiences - going to school for the first time and learning English. Later, he went to The Cardinal Vaughan School in London and then to King's College, Cambridge, where he read Classics and English - and managed to find time for a lot of posters and stage design. Jan pioneered the modern Pop-up book with Haunted House (subsequently on CD-Rom), Robot, Dinner Time, Good Night and 17 others. Christmas Kingdom, Phone Book and Door Bell added sound effects while Botticelli's Bed and Breakfast capers irreverently through the history of western art.

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Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

5th October 2006




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