Reviews for Deck the Hall : A Traditional Carol


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 September 2000
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 Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring
Festive holiday illustrations of a young rabbit and his parents decorating their home, going to church, baking cookies, and opening presents accompany the lyrics to the popular Christmas carol. Although the activities in the pictures do not always correspond exactly to the words of the carol, the characters' joy in their Yuletide celebrations is contagious. Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2000 October #1
Legions of parents and preschoolers across the land adore the baby bunny in starry pajamas (and the anti-materialistic sentiments) in Long's bestselling Hush Little Baby (1997). Now the baby bunny and his parents are ready to celebrate a simple Christmasbunny-style to the words of the traditional carol, "Deck the Halls" (here changed to just one hall in the smaller rabbit household). Each left-hand page includes one line of the song with the requisite number of "Fa-la-la's" accompanied by a small squareillustration of a holiday decoration or one of the rabbit family. On each facing page is a full illustration of the bunnies decorating their house, donning their gay apparel, trolling ancient yuletide carols, and snuggling together in front of the Yule log. On Christmas day they go skating with the little bunny's new skates, singing and playing outside "heedless of the wind and weather." On a particularly endearing page describing yuletide treasure, the smaller illustration shows the binding of this Deckthe Hall book on a shelf of Christmas titles (look closely to see a glimpse of Santa Bunny in the background). In the larger illustration the bunny family is reading the book together, with Mom and Dad in cozy bathrobes and baby in his famous starry pj's. A yuletide treasure indeed, for Christmas gift-giving and for quick sing-alongs in story hours and before bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright 2000 Kirkus Reviews

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