Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems

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Relive a magical moment from The Wind in the Willows and follow Santa Claus down the chimney in "A Visit from St. Nicholas." These and other best-loved Christmas tales, poems, and carols come to life through Kevin Hawkes's glowing paintings in A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems. This keepsake collection is perfect for family story hours and will cheer hearts for many Christmases to come.

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Overview

Relive a magical moment from The Wind in the Willows and follow Santa Claus down the chimney in "A Visit from St. Nicholas." These and other best-loved Christmas tales, poems, and carols come to life through Kevin Hawkes's glowing paintings in A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems. This keepsake collection is perfect for family story hours and will cheer hearts for many Christmases to come.

The well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.

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Publishers Weekly
The reflected glow of firelight flickers through the illustrations in this collection of traditional carols and tales (including a passage from The Wind in the Willows and Clement C. Moore's classic poem), lending a cheery warmth. Wielding his brush with equal parts humor and nostalgia, Hawkes spans the emotions of the season, from the winsome frivolity of field-mice caroling at the door to Mole End to the quiet reverence of "The Friendly Beasts," where barnyard animals, their outlines softly blurred, worship the babe in the manger. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This treasury is a varied assortment, from songs (lyrics only, not the musical accompaniment) such as "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" to an excerpt from The Wind in the Willows to Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas." In all, there are five selections. Hawkes' illustrations suit the selections well, with my favorite appearing in "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn" when Mr. Dog falls asleep in his Santa costume and is suddenly awakened by his friends coming downstairs. His look of surprise is priceless. The paintings for "A Visit from St. Nicholas" are very reminiscent of those I recall from my childhoodÂľluminous snow reflecting a full moon's glow. 2001, HarperCollins, $16.95. Ages 4 to 10. Reviewer: Dr. Judy Rowen
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An ideal showcase for Hawkes's artistic abilities. The collection contains three traditional pieces ("Jolly Old Saint Nicholas," "The Friendly Beasts," and "A Visit from St. Nicholas"); an excerpt from The Wind in the Willows; and a story by Albert Bigelow Paine, "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn." The dense text may be better suited to family sharing than independent reading. Full-color paintings are lush and luminous with lots of clever details. However, with its limited number of selections, this title may not be a first choice for libraries looking for holiday anthologies. Michael Forman's Christmas Treasury (Pavilion, 2000) is a far more comprehensive volume.-T. T. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hawkes (Handel Who Knew What He Liked, p. 1352, etc.) illustrates this large-format anthology of Christmas stories and poems with his luminous, detail-filled paintings featuring muffler-wrapped field mice, a comical dog in a Santa suit, and a traditional St. Nicholas traveling across a midnight-blue sky. A selection from The Wind in the Willows finds Mole and Rat returning to Mole's house, where they are serenaded by a troop of caroling mice who are then invited in for a delectable holiday feast. "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn" by Albert Bigelow Paine tells the story of an enterprising dog who plays Santa Claus for his circle of animal friends, and Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" completes the collection with old-fashioned illustrations of a snowy New England village. The Christmas carols included are "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" and "The Friendly Beasts." No new ground is broken in this volume, but Hawkes's illustrations are appealing, especially his costumed animal characters, and readers will be drawn to the attractive cover with the title in raised golden letters. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688120399
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Deliciously terrifying short short tales and creepy illustrations by an exceptional collection of writers and illustrators.

Nadia Aguiar, M.T. Anderson, Katherine Applegate, Margaret Atwood, Avi, Holly Black, Pseudonymous Bosch, Libba Bray, Lisa Brown, Michael Connelly, Mark Crilley, Joseph Delaney, Dan Ehrenhaft, Carson Ellis, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, Tom Genrich, Stacey Godiner, Carol Gorman, Alan Gratz, Josh Greenhut, Adele Griffin, Dan Gutman, Brett Helquist, Erin Hunter, Angela Johnson, Aliza Kellerman, Faye Kellerman, M. E. Kerr, Jon Klassen, Alice Kuipers, Jonathan Lethem, Gail Carson Levine, Lesley Livingston, Dean Lorey, Gregory Maguire, Stephen Marche, Melissa Marr, Alison McGhee, Brad Meltzer, Sienna Mercer, Lauren Myracle, Jenny Nimmo, Joyce Carol Oates, Ken Oppel, James Patterson, Michèle Perry, Yvonne Prinz, Francine Prose, Vladimir Radunsky, Chris Raschka, Aaron Renier, Adam Rex, David Rich, Richard Sala, Jon Scieszka, Brian Selznick, Arthur Slade, Abi Slone, Lane Smith, Lemony Snicket, Sonya Sones, Jerry Spinelli, David Stahler Jr., R. L. Stine, Allan Stratton, Tui T. Sutherland, Mariko Tamaki, Sarah L. Thomson, Frank Viva, Ayelet Waldman, Sarah Weeks, Gloria Whelan, Barry Yourgrau

Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of more than thirty-five acclaimed picture books and chapter books, including the New York Times bestseller Library Lion, Weslandia, and Sidewalk Circus. He lives with his charming wife and children in southern Maine, where he is often found wandering aimlessly in his garden. Possibly wearing a woolly red hat.

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