On Christmas Day in the Morning: A Traditional Carol

On Christmas Day in the Morning: A Traditional Carol

by John Langstaff, Melissa Sweet
     
 

Illustrated verses for the traditional English folk song, "On Christmas Day In The Morning" present different animals tending to their crops and harvesting them for a Christmas feast. Color illustrations throughout. See more details below

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Illustrated verses for the traditional English folk song, "On Christmas Day In The Morning" present different animals tending to their crops and harvesting them for a Christmas feast. Color illustrations throughout.

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
Silly rhymes ('there was a cow/went out to plow;";there was a sheep/went out to reap"), cheerful pictures of animals dressed as farmers, and a culminating feast and frolic for all comers make this a child-appealing rendition of an old, not very well-known Christmas carol. The text appears on rather formal left-hand pages, made less so by a few collage elements; full-page bucolic scenes in glowing watercolors grace the right hand pages; the whole is brought together with a shiny, celebratory gold border. With illustrator notes explaining the significance of some of the elements Sweet uses in her collage; a map of the various animals' farms; music and words to the haunting "Christmas Day" (in a blessedly simple arrangement); and an informative and encouraging foreword by that master of song, John Langstaff.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Young readers will likely romp around the Christmas tree singing out the words to this jaunty English folk song cum holiday carol, but when they're ready to take a breather, they'll find a bounty of things to peruse in Sweet's (Love and Kisses) cheery artwork, among her best to date. Using a combination of watercolor, gouache and collage, the artist depicts "a pig went out to dig," "a crow went out to sow" and a menagerie of other animal farmers who contribute to a grand Christmas feast. Each spread is framed with a festive, gilded border and features a diminutive illustration of a different plant, the history and symbolism of which Sweet identifies in endnotes. Jolly and inventive. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The song may be familiar, but it origins as a metaphor for the Nativity may have been overlooked. As the foreword notes, this is a carol that is fun to sing and to act out. Its roots are in the cycle of season--planting and harvesting crops. Farmers believed that singing and dancing would encourage the plants to grow and they even put on masks and pretend to be a variety of animals. Even if you can't sing, the text will be a delight to read aloud to young ones. After a few times through the reader may be exhausted but kids will soon be chiming in. The watercolor pictures of a pig digging, a cow plowing, a crow sowing etc. all in preparation for the grand Christmas feast are a delight. For those who have musical talents, the music and keys to the verses are printed in one spread and the final spread includes fascinating information about the plants used in the illustrations. An entertaining and informative Christmas package.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763603755
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/06/1999
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.59(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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