THE CHRISTMAS SONG by Mel Torme

THE CHRISTMAS SONG

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Kids from one to 92 have enjoyed this classic Christmas song since it was first recorded in the mid-1940s. This illustrated version of the song takes a fanciful approach, showing the residents of a snow-bound village preparing for the holiday. Barrette illustrates each line of the song with different families or children from the village, including children of different ethnicities. Some more realistic illustrations show the warmth of the villagers extending the hand of friendship to one another (including their pets); other scenes show warmly dressed little angels floating above the village singing the Yuletide carols or Santa and his elves in action. The illustrations of Santa and the reindeer in flight offer intriguing perspectives: polar bears looking up at the sleigh in one spread and the viewer looking down at Santa’s landing in another. The lines of the song are well-matched to each illustration in general, although the chestnuts roasting on the open fire in the first spread are barely visible in the background and Jack Frost is just a hint of ice nipping at the noses of two little boys. The musical notation is not included. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-072225-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2007




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