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In this rhythmic Christmas ballad, a good king looks out of his castle and sees a poor man gathering fuel. "Yonder peasant, who is he?" he asks his page. The king makes his way through the snow, loaded with gifts, to share his wealth with the poor man. Henterly's majestic illustrations, in opulent colors, convey the difficulties of the peasant's search for fuel as well as the generous measures of the king. The carol's delicate text is left intact, and the melody appears on the end page; some readers may wish that further piano or guitar accompaniment also had been included. All ages.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PreS-Gr. 2. In the city of Prague, in the Czech Republic, there is a square, and in the square is a statue of the country's patron saint. So begins this winning tribute to the tenth-century Bohemian King Wenceslas and the popular Christmastime song bearing his name. Ladwig's oversize double-page spreads are engaging and expressive, illustrating and enlivening this slightly adapted story-song from the moment when the king and his page spot the poor man gathering wood in the cold to their dangerous, icy trek to his house through the snow. "Page and monarch forth they went, / forth they went together, / through the rude wind's wild lament / and the bitter weather." A historical note and the musical notation for the song (plus Neale's five original verses) are appended. A holiday treat. Karin Snelson
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This is an excellent book. The art is very beautiful and the text is simply a written down-verse accurate rendering of the original Christmas carol. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jones
I think I love this book more than my kids! We love the story of King Wenceslas, and the illustrations in this book are beautiful!Published 4 months ago by bmullis
Rich, detailed illustrations enhanse the meaning of the text. The king and his page are tired and bored on the day after Christmas, but in the end they are happy in the company of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thistle Taylor
The inside pictures are drawn by the same illustrator who drew the cover. King Wenceslas is drawn very kingly. Not a fluffy Disney Book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ryan Cornell
We grew up with my dad singing this to us before we went to sleep, so I was so happy to find this book to refresh my memory of the words to carry on the tradition with my son. Read morePublished 17 months ago by new mom
I love this book that tells the story in the Christmas song. Our whole family enjoyed it for many years.Published 18 months ago by Barb McRae
We had taken this book out of the library last year and my daughter really enjoyed it, so I decided to buy it for her this year. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by groundhog!