A beautiful Christmas story based on the traditional legend of the Christmas Rose.

The fields near Bethlehem are filled with great joy when angels appear telling of the birth of a very special baby. Madelon’s uncle, his men, and the magnificent kings riding on camels all have gifts for the Saviour. But Madelon has nothing. What could she possibly give him?


Before becoming a full-time writer, Wendy Blaxland was an academic teaching English and then drama at Macquarie University and the University of New England, Armidale. Her twin passions are books and theatre: she works as a dramatist, writing children’s plays for the Marian Street Theatre for Young People, and has written over 100 books for educational publishers. The Christmas Rose is Wendy’s first picture book. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia.

Lucy Hennessy is an Australian artist who was born in Sydney. She has degrees from the Institute of Art and Restoration in Florence, Italy, the University of Sydney and the National Art School. Lucy has exhibited her work in many shows and her work has been selected for some notable prize exhibitions including the Sulman Art Prize, AGNSW, and the Mosman Art Prize. Lucy follows a long line of artists who are primarily storytellers. Storytelling through her visual medium is a way of making sense of life and connecting with others. The Christmas Rose is her first book.


Lucy Hennessy has captured the desert sands and desolate landscape while still maintaining the colours of Christmas throughout the pages. Wendy Blaxland’s simple words allow the miracle that can come from a desire to give to emerge from this Christmas tale. A sweet Christmas tale that is just a little bit different.

Kids' Book Review

This exquisite picture book offers a child-centred interpretation of the Christmas story with an uplifting, poignant resolution… a beautiful hardback publication to share with others, or to give as a gift that will be treasured for many years.


Lyrically told, and beautifully illustrated with flowing and reflective pictures, all who read it will be captured by its magic.

Children's Book Council of Australia

A sweet Christmas tale that is just a little bit different.

Kids Book Review

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