cover image Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

John Mason Neale, J. M. Neale, C. Manson. NorthSouth, $3.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-1-55858-321-4

Manson's sturdy hand-painted woodcuts accompany the words to the famous, spirited carol about a kindly king who aids the needy. Cool shades of winter blues and whites provide an eyecatching contrast to the thick black text (hand-lettered by Manson) and the intricate borders that run along the top and bottom of each page. A musical arrangement and a historical note add heft. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)