Michael Hague's Treasury of Christmas Carols by Michael Hague

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With this stunning treasury, we welcome one of the most respected children's book illustrators to the Sterling list: Michael Hague. 
Originally published individually, these four beloved Christmas carols are now gathered together in one beautiful volume. Michael Hague has created an enchanted world filled with animals celebrating Noel, from a dandified bunny dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh to bears, rabbits, and chipmunks awaiting their hot bowls of figgy pudding.
This book will bring holiday joy to the entire family! Includes:
Jingle Bells  *  We Wish You A Merry Christmas  *  O Christmas Tree  *  Deck the Halls 
 

About Michael Hague

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Michael Hague's superbly detailed art style has inspired and influenced how several generations view classic illustrated children's stories. He has illustrated timeless tales including The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of Oz, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Hobbit, as well as the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. In early 2001, he began learning how to paint on a computer and has since combined those new skills with traditional drawing to create art for a graphic novel, In the Small, and for an interpretation of the popular holiday tune "White Christmas." He lives in Colorado Springs.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Sterling Children's Books. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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``A Classic Action Rhyme'' with a spread for each line--text on the verso, framed in little bears on a golden honey ground decked with stars;

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An expansive setting (11''x12'') for a sentimental favorite, a song (``written over forty years ago'') describing a teddy bears' woodland outing without their ``Mummies and Daddies,'' who come at the end to ``take them home to bed.'' Hague provides a lush setting, mostly in teddy-bear brown and g...

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For those who prefer a lullaby, the interactive features also include versions of the song sung by native speakers in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Nigerian, Russian, Spanish and Welsh but alas, despite the melody's Gallic origins, no French.

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While adult readers will keenly miss that richness, new young readers will probably enjoy the story of young Lionel, taken from his building blocks when the news comes that his many-greats-grandfather has died and he must be king.

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Hague’s typically charming illustrations of a vaguely old-fashioned, pastoral world decorate 20 brief poems.

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The cover illustration shows a huge snow globe filled with fantasy characters: Santa, elves, reindeer, a polar bear and a mysterious snow monster.

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Stories include ``Perseus and Andromeda,'' ``The Deliverers of Their Country,'' and ``St. George and the Dragon,'' and excerpts from ``The Hobbit'' and ``The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,'' among others.

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A velvety cover in holly-berry red sets the tone for this short collection of traditional Christmas carols illustrated with Hague's cuddly animal characters singing along with each other and preparing for the holiday.

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