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From The CriticsGr 3 UP-An ultimately useful collection of plays for both children and adults, presented with both humor and intelligence. Many well-known, traditional carols have stories behind their creation, tell a story of their own, or can inspire one. This is the creative basis for this boo, which uses, among others, songs like "Silent Night", "O Christmas Tree", and "Go Tell It on the Mountain". Some plainly go for laughs, as every character ever mentioned in "The 12 Days of Christmas" is trotted out on stage during that play, much to the dismay of the princess for whom they’re intended. In "Jungle Bells", the Pierpont family can’t seem to get the horse to move at all, perhaps they have his name wrong! On the other hand, "Good King Wenceslas" is portrayed in a straightforward, serious manner, as is "O Thou Joyful Day", which tells a story of St. Nicholas coming to the aid of a poor man who might have to sell his own daughter to pay his taxes. The plays are not graded but they are clearly different in their levels of difficulty in elements like staging, the number of scenes and lines, humor, and message. The music is included at the end of each play, as is a simply plotted stage plan. The cast of characters, as well as set, props, effects, lights, and costume suggestions are listed at the beginning of each production.
(School Library Journal, October 1996)