A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
People everywhere are shown filled with holiday spirit.
Positive Role Models
There's little to glean from this simple presentation, but Rockwell always shows happy families in harmony.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this pairing of classic Norman Rockwell paintings with the favorite American Christmas carol "Deck the Halls" presents a very traditional, nostalgic message as well as being a tribute to Rockwell's artwork.
Is It Any Good?
The song is familiar as is the classic Rockwell artwork, which is full of the excitement and warmth of folksy Americana for which he is so well known. His Christmas-themed paintings, chosen to go along with lines of the song, are a perfect fit, especially for the joy in the "Deck the Halls" chorus. Fa-la-la-la-la's ring through the crisp snowy morning as kids sled down the hill at exhilirating speed. And, though not quite so exuberantly, they jingle with excited anticipation as pajamaed boys and girls peer wide-eyed through the window, awaiting Santa.
This book sums up traditional American ideas of what Christmas is all about, especially when looked through the nostaligic eye. However, it is a very '40s and '50s kind of look, comfortably cheerful but, except for the one "Golden Rule" painting, lacking in cultural diversity and inclusiveness.
The book is a showcase for Norman Rockwell's famous art.
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