Hark! the Aardvark Angels Sing: A Story of Christmas Mail

Hark! the Aardvark Angels Sing: A Story of Christmas Mail

by Teri Sloat
     
 
Just how do mail carriers manage to deliver all the billions of special cards and gifts sent out at Christmastime? With help from aardvark angels, of course! Harold's trumpet wakes the sleepy aardvarks just in time to swoop down to earth and fly, drive, ski, sail, or float holiday greetings and packages all over the globe, even to the most remote places. As an extra

Overview

Just how do mail carriers manage to deliver all the billions of special cards and gifts sent out at Christmastime? With help from aardvark angels, of course! Harold's trumpet wakes the sleepy aardvarks just in time to swoop down to earth and fly, drive, ski, sail, or float holiday greetings and packages all over the globe, even to the most remote places. As an extra treat, one child's special deliveries can be followed throughout the illustrations.

Set to the tune of the infectious Christmas classic, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, this tale of energetic helpers is sure to become a holiday favorite. Music and lyrics are included.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set to the rollicking beat of the classic carol, this sublimely silly tale salutes a band of unconventional mail carriers around the world. From the desert ("Safely leading caravans,/ Guiding mail through blinding sands") to the bayou ("Hark! The aardvark angels glide/ Through the swamps where gators hide"), the intrepid winged helpers never miss a beat, nor do the playful rhymes. Bright watercolor crayon and acrylic illustrations brim with droll detail; canceled postage stamps in the margins add to the global glee. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This fantastical version of the traditional Christmas carol features aardvark angels who assist mail carriers to deliver the season's heavy mounds of letters and packages. "Hark! The aardvark angels fly/Mail planes through the foggy sky./Hark! The aardvark angels glide/Through the swamps where gators hide." Almost full-page and page-and-a-half artwork, done in watercolor crayon and acrylics, is busy and full of cheery, winged animals in blue uniforms. A postmark stamp relating to each locale adorns the slice of white space framing each illustration. Somewhat reminiscent of David McPhail's Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! (Dutton, 1993) in both appearance and rhythm, this title is perfect fun for Christmas reading and holiday storytime sharing. The original score featuring the new lyrics is appended.-L. F. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With the holiday season bringing its usual mountains of mail, squads of cloud-dwelling aardvarks in snappy blue uniforms swoop down on stubby golden wings to give busy postal workers an assist in this knee-slapper from the author of Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep (2000). In festively hued watercolor scenes, the aardvarks fly cheerfully from desert to bayou to space station, picking up and delivering in all weathers (or lack thereof), then, when their work is done, returning to their billowy home to check out the gifts and cookies. Sloat models the rhymed text after a certain familiar hymn, even recapitulating the new lyrics with a musical arrangement at the end-"Angels wind through jungle trees, / Gather mail from underseas, / Come in answer to the prayers, / Of the mailmen climbing stairs. / Hark! The aardvark angels bless / Mail without a street address." There seems no end to the making of Christmas stories, but this one will stick with readers, if only for its outstandingly daffy premise. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399233715
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/24/2001
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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