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During the winter of 1917, all of Russia had fallen into dark and tumultuous times as the reign of the Czars came to a bitter and violent end. But in a small Siberian village famous for producing the finest bells in the world, the townspeople made their usual preparations for a Christmas tradition that went back many generations. For eight-year-old Anya and her widowed father, this Christmas had special significance. This Christmas, Anya was one of the girls chosen from the village to ring in Christmas morn with her very own Christmas bell.
This beautiful illustrated story underscores the true reason for celebrating Christ's birth. First presented at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2005 Christmas concerts by acclaimed British actress, Claire Bloom. A CD and DVD version of the original presentation, featuring the music of Alfred Reed preformed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square, is included with the book.
- Published: November 2006
About the Authors
Ben Sowards – Formally trained at Brigham Young University, Ben Sowards loves the preparation, research, and travel necessary to create images worthy of the individuals and themes he strives to represent.
When he is not working on his own projects, he is teaching others how to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where he has directed the Illustration Program since 2001. Ben is grateful for the encouragement and support of his family and friends along with the generosity of fellow artists that continue to teach and inspire him.
Being a father is his greatest challenge and he continues to learn the most important lessons in life as he and his wife, Connie, strive to instill in their six children the values they cherish.
An absolutely beautiful story
by Customer - reviewed on September 23, 2008
I remember when I first heard this at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert. There wasn't a dry eye in the audience. It will warm your heart time after time.
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