Cover image for 'Tis the season : a classic illustrated Christmas treasury
'Tis the season : a classic illustrated Christmas treasury
Edens, Cooper.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
77 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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PN6071.C6 T57 2003 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
PN6071.C6 T57 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PN6071.C6 T57 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Some of the most heartwarming moments of the Christmas season are created when families gather together to share a beloved poem, carol or story. This lavishly illustrated Christmas treasury presents dozens of favorites, paired with images by some of the most celebrated children's book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Included are the timeless works, "Joy to the World," "Winter Wonderland," "The Night Before Christmas," A Christmas Carol , and illustrations by such renowned artists as Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson and H. Wellebeek Le Mair. A glorious tribute to the holiday season, this is the perfect book for both a child just starting a Christmas library or a collector eager for new treasures.

Author Notes

Cooper Edens was born Gary Drager in 1945 in Washington State. He received a B.A. from the University of Washington in 1970. He is an author and illustrator of more than 25 children's books including If You're Afraid of the Dark, Remember the Night Rainbow, Add One More Star to the Night, and The Starcleaner Reunion. Some of his books are illustrated by other individuals like Alexandra Day, Daniel Lane, and A. Scott Banfill. These works include Darby, the Special-Order Pup, The Christmas We Moved to the Barn, Special Deliveries, Santa Cows, Shawnee Bill's Enchanted Five-Ride Carousel, and Nicholi. He has also created a series where he reprints one version of a classic children's story together with illustrations from a number of artists who have adapted the tales since the nineteenth century.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-7. This is just the sort of book libraries like to have around at Christmastime as the holiday shelves quickly go bare. The contents include the lyrics (no music) to many Christmas carols, such as Deck the Hall and O Come All Ye Faithful. That old favorite, A Visit from St. Nicholas is here, as are stories such as The Elves and the Shoemaker. Even Virginia and her letter to Santa Claus make an appearance. Maintaining the old-fashioned holiday mood is the artwork, with many Victorian-like images from artists such as Arthur Rackham and others, lesser known, whose works decorated the covers of magazines as well as turn-of-the-last-century postcards. A pretty holiday trifle. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Reproductions of early-20th-century ephemera and children's book art grace 'Tis the Season: A Classic Illustrated Christmas Treasury, compiled by Cooper Edens. Included are lyrics to "Silent Night" and "Winter Wonderland," verse by Edgar Allan Poe and Lewis Carroll, a retelling of "The Elves and the Shoemaker" and other nostalgic treats. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-Songs, poems, and excerpts from stories are accompanied by vintage illustrations by such luminaries as Arthur Rackham and Jesse Willcox Smith. These pictures are well matched with the text and are full of appeal, although probably more for adults than for children. The origins of the art, taken from postcards, children's books, and issues of St. Nicholas magazine from the 1800s to the 1930s, etc., are acknowledged. The songs and poems, although credited, are not differentiated from one another in any way; both appear on a page in the same layout and no music is included. Most of these selections can be found in other collections, so the only thing that sets this particular offering apart is its array of high-quality, classic reproductions.-E. M. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.