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TO HEAR THE ANGELS SING by W. Nikola-Lisa

TO HEAR THE ANGELS SING

A Christmas Poem

By W. Nikola-Lisa (Author) , Jill Weber (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-8234-1627-5
Publisher: Holiday House

Nikola-Lisa (Summer Sun Risin’, p. 575. etc.) recounts the Nativity story in a simple, repetitive text that can be sung to the tune of “This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes,” and the text actually works better if it’s sung rather than read. Each page has just four lines of text, with the final word on one page rhyming with the final word on the next. A few of these rhymes don’t scan well, especially in two verses ending with “where found they blessed He” and “they gave to him gladly.” The text blocks, printed in a typeface suggesting hand lettering, are set off from the full spreads with patterned borders that complement Weber’s (Harp O’ Gold, 2001, etc.) folk-art style paintings. Her appealing illustrations include a huge star over Bethlehem, happy angels, dancing donkeys, and singing shepherds, all in cheery colors that add to the joyful atmosphere of the Nativity scene. Parents could use this with toddlers to introduce the Christmas story, and Sunday school and parochial school teachers in the primary grades will find it a worthwhile addition to the seasonal bookshelf. (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-6)