Extraordinary pop-ups transform white paper into exquisite sculpture, turning an overplayed carol into an array of ingenious gifts. Following the format he established in The Christmas Alphabet (1994), Sabuda (Arthur and the Sword, 1995, etc.) uses the song's lyrics as a springboard for astonishing feats of paper engineering. The three French hens become Christmas tree ornaments; the five gold rings show up on the antlers of a reindeer; other fabled gifts turn up in just as creative and unexpected places: Seven swans and snowflakes swirl in a snow globe, eleven dancing ballerinas appear inside a jewelry box, and nine mice pitter-patter their feet across the head of a snare drum. Every verse is garnished with a poetic twist, and the movement of the pop-up creations are part of the poetry: Some open as large and majestic as Amaryllis blooms; others rely on small swirls of snowflakes or interwoven mouse tails for their elegance of motion. The white cut-outs are backed with rich, bright colors, like snow sculptures displayed against bright holiday lights. A holiday treasure that, with careful use, will become an heirloom.