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A Christmas treasury : very merry stories and poems
Hawkes, Kevin, illustrator.
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New York : HarperCollins Pub., 2001.
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44 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
The wind in the willows, from chap. 5 / Kenneth Grahame -- Jolly Old Saint Nicholas -- Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn / Albert Bigelow Paine -- The friendly beasts -- A visit from St. Nicholas / Clement Clarke Moore.
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Relive a magical moment from The Wind in the Willows and follow Santa Claus down the chimney in "A Visit from St. Nicholas." These and other best-loved Christmas tales, poems, and carols come to life through Kevin Hawkes's glowing paintings in A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems. This keepsake collection is perfect for family story hours and will cheer hearts for many Christmases to come.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. Hawkes adds delightful decoration to this appealing selection of poetry and story. There's a wonderful excerpt from Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows that depicts Mole's hospitality and Ratty's resourcefulness. In a lesser-known but equally charming inclusion by Albert Bigelow Paine, "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn," Hawkes' pictures place readers in the middle of cozy scenes showing Mr. Dog diligently preparing a Christmas surprise for his friends in the Big Deep Woods. Also included are two traditional Christmas carols, "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" and "The Friendly Beasts," and Clement Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Demonstrating sympathy for holiday sentiment and tradition and an eye for charm, Hawkes' artwork brings vibrant life to the familiar words. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Publisher's Weekly Review

The reflected glow of firelight flickers through the illustrations in this collection of traditional carols and tales (including a passage from The Wind in the Willows and Clement C. Moore's classic poem), lending a cheery warmth. Wielding his brush with equal parts humor and nostalgia, Hawkes spans the emotions of the season, from the winsome frivolity of field-mice caroling at the door to Mole End to the quiet reverence of "The Friendly Beasts," where barnyard animals, their outlines softly blurred, worship the babe in the manger. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-An ideal showcase for Hawkes's artistic abilities. The collection contains three traditional pieces ("Jolly Old Saint Nicholas," "The Friendly Beasts," and "A Visit from St. Nicholas"); an excerpt from The Wind in the Willows; and a story by Albert Bigelow Paine, "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn." The dense text may be better suited to family sharing than independent reading. Full-color paintings are lush and luminous with lots of clever details. However, with its limited number of selections, this title may not be a first choice for libraries looking for holiday anthologies. Michael Forman's Christmas Treasury (Pavilion, 2000) is a far more comprehensive volume.-T. T. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.