White Christmas by Irving Berlin

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One of the most well known holiday songs of all time, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" depicts the dream of a perfect Christmas—one filled with snow. And in the hands of fantasy artist Michael Hague, it's also filled with snow fairies, reindeer, woodland creatures, sleigh rides, Santa Claus, and more. As you turn the pages and read the lyrics, you'll be swept away into a magical Christmas fairyland that is sure to make your holiday merry and bright.

The classic Yuletide ballad that has been spreading Christmas spirit since the 1940s is made new again in this enchanting holiday picture book with illustrations as fresh and beautiful as a winter snowfall.

 

About Irving Berlin

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Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was one of the most prolific American songwriters in history. Among his more than twelve hundred songs were "God Bless America," "Cheek to Cheek," "Anything You Can Do," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and, of course, "White Christmas." He also composed seventeen film scores and twenty-one Broadway scores. The songs of Irving Berlin have left an indelible mark on music and culture worldwide.
 
Published September 28, 2010 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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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Publishers Weekly

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Hague's distinctive and beguiling interpretation of Berlin's beloved song eschews Coca-Cola Santas, gingerbread men, and modern kiddies for a Nordic fairy tale wonderland of elves, sprites, and shaggy

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The New York Times

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Instead, she has been squeezed into the role of the desk clerk at the Columbia Inn in Vermont, a role originated by the brilliantly spinsterly Mary Wickes in the 1954 movie musical “White Christmas,” on which this show is based.

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The Guardian

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White Christmas: The Story of a Song by Jody Rosen Fourth Estate £12.99, pp214 You might not know this, but Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' may be the most palpable hit of all hit songs.

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BC Books

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The play has most of the classic musical numbers from the movie, with expanded and additional music by Irving Berlin, including “Blue Skies,” “I Love a Piano,” “How Deep is the Ocean,” “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy,” and “Falling Out of Love Can be Fun.” Minor roles from the movie have also been exp...

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Examiner

The song, along with 18 other unforgettable Berlin tunes (White Christmas, Blue Skies, etc.), is featured in a marvelous finale in the Paper Mill Playhouse's spectacular production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

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Dallas News

This show, with a new book by David Ives and Paul Blake, has toured the country and played Broadway during the holiday season in recent years.

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Denver Post

But then the Denver Center Theatre Company's "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" comes with a number of them.

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The Columbus Dispatch

The plot, a piece of harmless 1950s kitsch, focuses on two former Army buddies, Bob Wallace (James Clow in the Crosby role) and Phil Davis (David Elder in the role originated by Kaye), who — in the 10 years since they first performed together from the back of a USO truck — have become a song-and-...

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The Columbus Dispatch

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas will be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, 1 and 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio Theatre, 39 E.

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Common Sense Media

Even with the Berlin songs and Kaye's dancing, the Paramount team, under dialogue-oriented director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), can't compete with golden-age Hollywood musicals like Singin' in the Rain that feature a deft pace and fleet feet.

Nov 16 2006 | Read Full Review of White Christmas

Broad Street Review

BY: Steve Cohen 11.28.2010 You’ve heard about shows where you come out of the theater humming the songs?

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Arts Sarasota

"White Christmas," the Irving Berlin musical based on the 1954 movie that starred Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney, is chockful of holiday songs we all know so well, along with endearing performances by a strong cast, smartly directed and choreographed by Rick Kerby.

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TheaterMania

The workman-like plot has song-and-dance men Bob Wallace (Clow) and Phil Davis (Yazbeck) repairing to a Vermont inn -- now being run by their World War II general (the appealing David Ogden Stiers) and former entertainer Martha Watson (a brash Ruth Williamson) -- in aid of the performing Haynes s...

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Talkin' Broadway

Hollis is remarkably unaffected and honest for her - or any - age, finding virtue and newness in gags and aww-eliciting moments that would have been pushing the envelope in the 1950s - and not in a good way.

Nov 23 2008 | Read Full Review of White Christmas

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