Christmas Songbook

Peter Bowman, Author, J. Ed. Bowman, Author Putnam Publishing Group $15.95 (13p) ISBN 978-0-399-21918-4
One page of each spread in this elegant book contains a carol, complete with music. The other illustrates the song in two versions: a hidden scene is revealed by pulling a ribbon. ``We Three Kings'' shows the magi on their journey; with a tug on the ribbon, the travelers appear up close, arriving at Bethlehem and bearing their gifts. Children, parents and cat sleep peacefully through a ``Silent Night''; a ribbon pull reveals the Christ child in the manger surrounded by benevolent animal guardians. Not all the changeling artwork creates equal drama (for ``The First Noel,'' nothing more than a star and a shepherd appears), but all of these softly tinted paintings are exquisitely drawn and detailed. The book as a whole is well designed and sturdy, one that children will treasure for many Christmases to come. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Genre: Children's
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