The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman


The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

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. This bestselling author and artist has created a special, beautiful book that families will want to share year after year - and now it's available as a board book. Readers will want to look for the Spirit of Christmas image that Nancy has hidden on every page!


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.

'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

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 on It's Time to Sleep, My Love

A luxuriant bedtime retreat for children and parents alike. Kirkus Reviews on It's Time to Sleep, My Love

This is one of those rare baby books that should make both skeptics and sentimentalists of all ages happy. Publishers Weekly on On the Night You Were Born

A beautiful tribute to the uniqueness of every child. Kirkus Reviews on On the Night You Were Born

Many parents will welcome this opportunity to tell their children how special and loved they are. Booklist on On the Night You Were Born


About the Author

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.

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16 pages


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Publication date

18th September 2015



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