With generous, lap-book dimensions (8""x 11"" and full-color illustrations or decorations on almost every page, here's an appealing compilation of the tried, true, and not always familiar. More than half of these 54 selections are poems, including several carols and such old friends as Farjeon and Whittier as well as modern favorites--Langston Hughes, David McCord; and comic notes added by Prelutsky and Viorst. There are basics (""Jingle Bells,"" ""A Visit from St. Nicholas,"" and Luke 2: 1-20) and unpretentious old standbys (The Pupp), Who Wanted a Boy; ""Uncle Wiggly's Christmas""). And there's also a good selection of folk tales (""Baboushka'; Belpre's ""The Three Magi""); excerpts from favorite books (Cleary's ""Ramona and the Three Wise Persons""); as well as other stories (Duvoisin's The Christmas Whale). Brown's soft-pencil illustrations are cozy, colorful, and appropriate to the book's cheerful, traditional flavor. A nice, solid choice for gift book or library collection. The copyrighted materials are acknowledged; some of the others (e.g., ""How We Made Christmas,"" by Gray Owl) lack any indication of source.