Michael Hague's Treasury of Christmas Carols

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With this stunning treasury, we welcome one of the most respected children's book illustrators to the Sterling list: Michael Hague. 

Originally published individually, these four beloved Christmas carols are now gathered together in one beautiful volume. Michael Hague has created an enchanted world filled with animals celebrating Noel, from a dandified bunny dashing through the snow in a one-horse open ...

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Overview

With this stunning treasury, we welcome one of the most respected children's book illustrators to the Sterling list: Michael Hague. 

Originally published individually, these four beloved Christmas carols are now gathered together in one beautiful volume. Michael Hague has created an enchanted world filled with animals celebrating Noel, from a dandified bunny dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh to bears, rabbits, and chipmunks awaiting their hot bowls of figgy pudding.

This book will bring holiday joy to the entire family!
 
Includes:
Jingle Bells  *  We Wish You A Merry Christmas  *  O Christmas Tree  *  Deck the Halls 

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—"Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," "O Christmas Tree," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" are beautifully illustrated and perfect for storytime sharing. Spreads include the lyrics in a large and readable type opposite full-page paintings of adorable little animals in old-fashioned garb participating in various holiday activities. The book does not include the musical notation for the songs, but it does have a brief author's note that gives the history of each one. The red fuzzy cover probably won't look so good after a few circulations, but librarians, teachers, and parents will definitely be able to make use of the contents during the holiday season.—Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

A velvety cover in holly-berry red sets the tone for this short collection of traditional Christmas carols illustrated with Hague's cuddly animal characters singing along with each other and preparing for the holiday.

The collection includes "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," "O Christmas Tree" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." The words to each song are attractively laid out in large type on ivory pages with decorative, Christmas-themed borders. Opposite each page of text is an illustration of one of Hague's animals: a rabbit in a one-horse open sleigh, bears finding their tree and cooking figgy pudding and mixed groups of cooperative creatures caroling together in the snow. The arrangement of songs and animal groups forms a coherent visual story of preparation and celebration, just right to introduce younger children to the traditional carols or to use in a holiday storytime as a musical selection. The choice of a larger type font and layout incorporating white space make this a suitable choice for new readers as well. Hague's illustrations have the same dreamy charm that has made his work popular over the past 30 years, but he now prepares his illustrations digitally.

This "Yuletide treasure" is a sweet treat; time to "[s]trike the harp and join the chorus." (notes on songs, Illustrator's note)(Picture book/early reader. 2-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402778124
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hague's superbly detailed art style has inspired and influenced how several generations view classic illustrated children's stories. He has illustrated timeless tales including The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Hobbit, as well as the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. In early 2001, he began learning how to paint on a computer and has since combined those new skills with traditional drawing to create art for a graphic novel, In the Small, and for an interpretation of the popular holiday tune "White Christmas." He lives in Colorado Springs.
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