"A distant also-ran behind Margaret Hodges's Silent Night: The Song and Its Story (1997), illustrated by Tim Ladwig. (historical note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
The tale of "Silent Night"—composed in haste by a 19th-century Austrian priest and his organist when their church's organ broke down just before Christmas and first sung with only a guitar for accompaniment—is robbed of any sense of wonder by this flat, uninspired retelling.
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