One snowy evening, when the rest of the kingdom is reveling in a celebratory feast, a king and his faithful page venture out to deliver food, wood, and comfort to a poor peasant family. "Good King Wenceslas" is the beloved Christmas carol that relates this tender story, and it is brought to life in this book and DVD by actress Jane Seymour and artist Omar Rayyan. The sumptuous illustrations reflect the medieval setting of this tale, capturing the lavish Feast of St. Stephen at the castle and the arduous trek through heavy snow to a humble cottage deep within the forest. The original lyrics to the song, set to music more than 150 years ago, are interwoven throughout the story. The actions of the kind, humble Bohemian king reflect the invitation of another King to follow in His footsteps, bringing the blessings of Christmas to all of His kingdom.
The book includes a DVD featuring Jane Seymour's narration of this classic story, performed with the world-acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Also included is an introduction by Jane Seymour and an original illustration created by her especially for this book.
- Size: 11 x 9
- Pages: 32
- Publisher: Shadow Mountain 2012
- ISBN: 978-1-60907-143-1
About the Authors
Jane Seymour was born and educated in England. She has been a stage, film, and television actress since she was thirteen years old, earning an Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. She is a recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE), bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 for representing England as an actress and philanthropist. She has written several self-help and inspirational books and has coauthored a children’s book series with her husband, James Keach. Jane is actively involved in many charitable organizations, including the Open Heart Foundation, which she and her husband began in 2010. With additional accomplishments as an established artist, she has exhibited in galleries across the nation, and she has established her own lifestyle brand inspired by her homes, art, and family-centered lifestyle. Jane resides in Malibu, California, with her husband and children.
Omar Rayyan graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. He has been illustrating professionally for nearly two decades, and his clients include Holiday House, Cricket Magazine Group, Scholastic, Wizards of the Coast, Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Hyperion/Disney. He works primarily in watercolor, and he has a special affinity for animals. He has won numerous awards for his work, including to gold awards in Spectrum. He currently resides on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his wife, Sheila. They share their life with their two horses, Spot and Baltic.
Finally - A Chance to Hear This Story!
by Dave - reviewed on November 13, 2013
Granted, I wasn't one of the fortunate few who was able to see Jane Seymour in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas Concert for free. And that's why it's so good that Deseret Book provides the unfortunate many (like myself) the chance to buy the concert DVDs and CDs every year. What a thrill to find this wonderful book and DVD. This is the best rendition of the Wenceslas tale I've ever seen. I would have liked a few more pictures of Jane Seymour. She's a cutie. But oh well, thank goodness for the internet.
by Shauna - reviewed on October 30, 2012
This book is BEAUTIFULLY illustrated! It explains the Christmas song we sing each year, but until now, at least I, never really understood. What a beautiful way to teach about the giving of Christmastime and the example of one King to his page. I also LOVED the side notes explaining "St. Stephen's Day" and what a " Page boy" is; Along with "life in a castle" and "Christmas celebrations in the middle ages." The book is wonderful in and of itself, But there is more!!! You also get a DVD of Jane Seymour telling this story with the Mormon Tabernacle singing the song and amazing dancers performing. A true treasure book for Christmas!
Sweet and beautiful
by Emilee - reviewed on October 11, 2012
I was blown away by each of these marvelous products. First, Good King Wenceslas was amazing. I'm afraid that I never knew anything about King Wenceslas till I viewed the DVD. I also had the book opened while I listened to the beautiful music and Jane Seymour as the narrator. She had a beautiful and powerful voice. The illustrations by Omar Rayyan were perfect. I loved his use of watercolor. I definitely recommend this book and DVD especially as a gift to a loved one this Christmas season.