The Spirit of Christmas by Nancy TillmanThe Spirit of Christmas by Nancy Tillman

The Spirit of Christmas

byNancy TillmanIllustratorNancy Tillman

Hardcover | 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 Tillman 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 ...
Title:The Spirit of ChristmasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.97 × 10.04 × 0.41 inPublished:September 29, 2009Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312549652

ISBN - 13:9780312549657


Rated 5 out of 5 by from So great This book really brings out the spirit of christmas! And not just because it's in its name. A beautiful story with equally beautiful illustrations, perfect for any gift :)
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Festive It is just what you need to get in the Christmas spirit.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Christmas book Such sweet text without being cheesy! We love all Nancy Tillman's books!
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Tillman books Beautiful illustrations, nice story. My favourite Nancy Tillman book is still Time to Sleep but my two daughters (ages 2 and 4) enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! Bought this book for Christmas Eve, lovely illustrations and a warm Christmas story. Well loved by our children already. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't Wait to Read This! I just ordered this book for my Little One for our Night before Christmas Tradition. They get a beautiful Ornament to Hang on the Tree and a Christmas Book. I have to say I'm not sure who will be more excited for Christmas Eve to come this year!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MAGICAL!!! A wonderful book with stunning illustrations! Great for children and adults alike!
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Nancy Tillman masterpiece I love Nancy Tillman. Her illustrations are something special. Each one is filled with a touch of magic that let's the reader peer into her fantasy world. I particularly liked this book as a Christmas book as it brings in so many other cherished Christmas stories/traditions for the reader to enjoy. And of course the message of the story itself is priceless.
Date published: 2010-11-23

Read from the Book

I had just nodded off,
at a quarter past four,
when the Spirit of Christmas
stepped in through my door.
With a great show of sparkles,
he decked all my halls in tinsel and
twinkles and bright, shining balls...
I was really quite fond
of the trimmings he'd brought.
"But there's just something missing
this Christmas," I thought.

Editorial Reviews

"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"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