Sanderson illustrates the story of Jesus from the Angel Gabriel's annunciation of Jesus' birth to the holy family's return to Nazareth from Egypt. Each left-hand page features the text in a parchment-colored box bordered with gold and decorated in the style of an illuminated manuscript, framed by the white page. Opposite, within a more elaborate border, appears a painting illustrating the text. Done in a style reminiscent of pre-Renaissance Italian painters, the paintings are tableaux of such familiar scenes as the annunciation, the shepherds in the field and at the manger, and the flight to Egypt. Although the paintings have a rather static quality, the lively borders are freer, more joyful, and more beautiful....This simple, pretty book about the early life of Christ belongs in many public libraries as well as in church and parochial school collections.
Publisher: Little, Brown, 1993