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O come all ye faithful
Wade, John Francis, 1711 or 1712-1786.
Uniform Title:
Adeste fideles. Text. English
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 x 24 cm
Illustrated version of the familiar Christmas carol in which the stabled animals watch over their young as Joseph and the Virgin Mary watch over the Baby Jesus.
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In David Christiana's spirited interpretation of this beloved Christmas carol, the heavenly hosts have to push, pull, and prod a pack of ornery critters just so you can have your nativity scene (and a couple of giggles, too)!

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Bethlehem takes center stage-literally-in this exuberant and funny rendition of the traditional carol. A host of angels, aka Ye Bethlehem All-Stars, do their best to round up all manner of beasts, including an amusingly stubborn donkey and tap-dancing pigs, for roles in a very special production. Plenty of pushing, pulling and coaxing ensues until everyone takes their places-just in time to adore the newborn Christ child. Christiana's (White Nineteens) gouaches, dominated by pale grays, browns and pinks, provide a fresh yet fittingly respectful look at the Nativity. A page of musical notation is included for those who wish to try a performance at home. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-The classic Christmas carol is presented as a play (or perhaps a musical) by a group of homely angels and sometimes reluctant animals. The angels, who look like trolls with their big noses and feet, bring mother animals and their offspring onstage, using ropes and brute strength in the case of the donkey. Two tap-dancing pigs in top hats add a bit of slapstick to the production, which is then contradicted by the appearance of a perfectly normal, serenely sleeping baby Jesus, lovingly gazed at by the eccentric creatures. Rendered in muted watercolors, the depictions of the animals are endearing but the angels are rather unsettling and the overall package is not always in keeping with the tone of the original.-E. M. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.