The First Noel

The First Noel
My gift for you on this Christmas Day: The First Noel, a small Golden Book illustrated by the brilliant husband-wife team of Alice and Martin Provensen, 1959.

You can view the book in its entirety HERE. Below are several page spreads from the book:

The First Noel: 1-2
The First Noel: pp. 7-8
The First Noel: pp. 9-10
The First Noel: pp. 15-16
The First Noel: pp. 21-22

Be sure to visit Leif Peng's Today's Inspiration blog for posts on The Provensens. Also, visit this blog to see more from other books that they illustrated.

Someone has turned Alice & Martin Provensen's fantastic 1956 Homer's Iliad and the Odyssey into an interactive experience, featuring all of the artwork from their book.

Merry Christmas!


  1. These are sooo beautiful. I like art like this. I think they call it "naive." ??

    But the colours always get to me. Thank you.

  2. wow! Thanks. You've always have something wonderful to see here.

  3. Happy Christmas Ward...and Andrea...and Ava...and Ezra! I'm diggin' this Picasso-esque Golden Book art you've posted! YOU find the BEST cartoon curios! Happy New Year to you all, and here's to hoping I'll see you sometime in 2007!

  4. Merry Christmas, Ward (and to all Jenkins). May you continue to inspire in '07.

  5. thank you!
    happy new year!
    those illustrations are wonderful.

  6. Thank you so much for posting this. I had this book as a child and absolutely loved it. I haven't seen this in so long. Such nice memories. The illustrations are outstanding.