Enjoy the Christmas story from a unique historical perspective. Beautifully framed pictures of Huron hunters and a Huron Baby Jesus accentuate this ancient song. The words of this book are the translated lyrics from Jesuit missionary Father Jean de Brébeuf who wrote the Christmas story in the language and setting of the Hurons during the 1600s. All of the verses are given on the last page in English, two verses in eighteenth century French and one verse in the old Huron language, along with the music to the hymn.
Study the Huron dress, traditions and history. Find the areas mentioned in the back pages on a map. Point out icons like the manger, the wisemen, the gifts, the swaddling cloths, and compare them to more typical representations. Note the conventions of rhyme and chorus in a song. Take time to study Frances Tyrrell’s detailed illustrations.