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O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL by David Christiana


illustrated by David Christiana

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-85967-8
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

The words to the familiar Christmas carol provide the text for this humorous view of a Christmas pageant with real animals being coerced into attendance around the manger. The human pageant participants push and pull the sheep, cows, dog, donkeys, cats, goat, and top-hatted pigs onto the stage, with the help of tiny angels who are flying above trying to assist. The real baby playing the Christ Child stays blissfully asleep through it all, and the final spread shows all the animals peering at the baby in adoring awe. The illustrations depict odd human characters with huge noses, with the animals portrayed in pale shades of beige or gray. Includes the words and music for the hymn on the final page. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)