Jack and the Manger

By Andy Jones
Illustrated by Darka Erdelji

Jack and the Manger
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A down-to-earth version of a heavenly tale. Jack and the Manger retells the story of Jesus?s birth as if it were a Newfoundland folktale. It?s all seen through the eyes of Jack, the hero of many a story, who befriends a young couple on their walk to Bethlehem. There?s a bit of ... Read more


Overview

A down-to-earth version of a heavenly tale. Jack and the Manger retells the story of Jesus?s birth as if it were a Newfoundland folktale. It?s all seen through the eyes of Jack, the hero of many a story, who befriends a young couple on their walk to Bethlehem. There?s a bit of ?angel talk?, some gravel pit camping, an edge-of-your-seat birth drama, and the low-down on how Caesar Augustus?s ?count-and-tax plan? brought them all together.

Gentle, playful and very funny, Jack and the Manger is the second in an on-going print series of Jack tales, written by Andy Jones, one of Newfoundland?s finest storytellers and actors, and is sure to please even the most Grinch-like of readers.

Andy Jones

An actor, writer, storyteller, and director, Andy Jones was born and raised in St. John?s, NL, where he continues to live and work. Once a member of the acclaimed NL comedy troupe CODCO, he has had a long and accomplished career in theatre, film, and television. He is the co-adaptor of award-winning folktale Peg Bearskin, and the author of an acclaimed series of Jack tales (illustrated by Darka Erdelji). In 2019 he was named to the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to the culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Darka Erdelji

A native of Slovenia, Darka Erdelji received a Masters of Arts in Puppet Scenography from Prague's Akadmie Muzickych Umeni. She lived in St. John's for several years; during that time, she began collaborating with Andy Jones, first on their puppet play "The Queen of Paradise's Garden", and then on their acclaimed series of illustrated Jack tales. Darka currently lives in Maribor, Slovenia, and designs puppets for Lutkovno Gledalis?e Maribor, a state-of-the-art puppet theatre housed in a renovated medieval monastery. She has illustrated books in Canada and Slovenia.

Awards

  • Bruneau Family Award for Children's Literature, Winner

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