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Deck the Hall: A Traditional Carol Hardcover – October, 2000

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"Fa la la la la, la la la la." Ah, the sounds of Christmas! Bestselling illustrator of Sylvia Long's Mother Goose and Hush Little Baby, Sylvia Long embraces the holiday season with her tribute to the ever-popular carol, "Deck the Hall." Each two-page spread features, on the left side, two lines of the song beneath a festive decoration bordered by "fa-la-las." On the right side are detailed, original pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations of a joyful bunny family preparing for Christmas. Whether decking the halls with boughs of holly or donning their gay apparel, the merry rabbits celebrate with abandon. One of the most memorable scenes is when the young boy rabbit "troll[s] the ancient yuletide carol"--apparently at the top of his lungs, judging from the view he gives the reader of his crooning, wide-open mouth. For those who have always meaninglessly mumbled the words to this traditional carol, it's high time real attention be paid to this celebration of "the season to be jolly." (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter

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Ages 2-6. The charming rabbit family from Long's Hush Little Baby (1997) is back in this illustrated version of a traditional carol. Unlike the previous title, this one is not a reworking of the lyrics; "Deck the Hall" remains the familiar ode to yuletide cheer, with phrases like "sing we joyous all together" unchanged for modern kids. Despite all the fun "Fa la la la's," it's the pictures that hold the appeal. The bright, colorful pen, ink, and watercolor artwork on each page shows the anthropomorphic father, mother, and child rabbit rolling through the Christmas season: decorating the snowy tree, singing in church, opening presents, caroling, and making snow angels. Rabbit references--ubiquitous carrots, an ancestral bunny on a cameo pin, a winged angel cottontail--will get some giggles, but most compelling is the sense of cozy excitement infusing each picture. A good choice for young ones learning the season's canon of songs. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1st edition (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811828212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811828215
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,096,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on November 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful little book should be a part of every child's Yuletide celebration. The text consists of the words to the Old Welsh traditional carol, "Deck the Hall" and as such comes equipped with plenty of merry holiday ambiance and the illustrations of Sylvia Long make the carol into a magical Yuletide treasure. A loving family of rabbits celebrates the season together with Mama, Papa and their little son hanging the yew garlands, the colored lights,and ornaments (including the special carrot ornament of course!) and getting all dressed up in their gay apparel for a worship service complete with carolling. They cuddle together before the blazing Yule fire, enjoy hot steaming mugs of hot cocoa and have fun cutting out cookies together. The little boy gets flour on the red flannel sleeves of his Dr. Dentons as he carefully works the star cookie cutter and Mama looks on encouragingly. The family strings popcorn, cranberries and nuts to trim the pine tree outdoors for the birds and tiny wreaths of suet and seeds are tied on with crimson ribbons. Bundled up in their soft warm jammies the family reads a Yuletide story before Mama and Papa tuck their little son into bed beneath a charming patchwork quilt. They stand snuggled together in the doorway, looking lovingly at their beautiful sleeping boy. Excitment abounds as the presents are opened in the morning and a fun-filled day of ice-skating, sledding and making snow angels begins. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!
I really love this little jewel of a book and I think you will, too.
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By M. Yoder on January 21, 2010
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I didn't think the illustrations were as cute as I'd hoped - the rabbits just look odd to me. But they are certainly better than average, and most important, I bought it for my baby and she loves it. She's 11 months old and wants mom and dad to read (sing) this book to her over and over. I expect this will be a treasured part of her childhood memories of Christmas for life, and it does introduce her to traditional Christmas images (yule log, Christmas tree, carol singing, winter bird feeding, cookie making, playing in the snow) that we'll share as a family.
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We bought this book for our 8 month old son around the holidays. He loved looking at the pictures as we sang Deck the Halls. Typical of Sylvia Long's work, the illustrations are very detailed and are very engaging to both children and adults alike. When we were not reading the book, we kept it on display on the piano, making a great decoration, as well! I can't wait to pull it out during the holidays next year!
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By Marco Polo on October 2, 2012
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My 20 month old LOVES this book over and over and over. The pictures have enough detail for her to love looking at them several times a day and she loves having it sung to her. Thanks to her OCD love of this book and The Bear Went Over the Mountain, I've instituted a three readings in a row limit per book.

The used version I got was a library book at one point but the pages were clean and whole.
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