Ding Dong! Merrily on High.
Preschool - grade 4 / Ages 4 - 9.
Artist Francesca Crespi's three dimensional illustrations have created a book that will be extremely popular in any library. It has sturdy board covers as well as heavy-weight pages, with pop-up figures and tabs that cause parts of the illustrations to move, coming to life quite realistically, and adding appropriate actions to the scenes.
Five well known carols are illustrated, and the first verse of each is given with musical accompaniment - the melody line of the music, and guitar chords as well. Young recorder or piano players will appreciate this opportunity to play Christmas carols. The songs chosen are: "O Christmas Tree", "Silent Night", "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "We Three Kings of Orient Are", and "Ding Dong! Merrily on High".
Pop-ups of a Christmas tree, a host of angels, the three kings, shepherds and choirboys illustrate the carols. Clever tabs activate parts of the scenes. My favourite is the one in which two little choir boys toll a bell rope which causes a large bronze bell in the church tower to swing back and forth. Pure magic for a child, and even grownup children will adore this lovely book.
Joan Payzant is a former teacher and teacher-librarian of Dartmouth, N.S.
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