Joy to the World: A Family Christmas Treasury
By Matt Berman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
A good selection of holiday literature.
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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there are some great stories here, and music is provided for sing-alongs.
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What's the Story?
A collection of Christmas stories, poems, carols, plays, Biblical excerpts, and information, lavishly illustrated in styles from different historical periods. A good introduction to a wide variety of holiday literature, but many of the excerpts and abridgements will send readers hunting for the originals.
Is It Any Good?
This is a high-quality edition with lots of content and beautiful pictures. It's a fine choice for families looking for a coffee-table book with a variety of holiday material or for those who don't want a large Christmas library. The selections are good, if unsurprising (with the delightful exception of the excerpt from The Best Christmas Pageant Ever): The carols are classics, and the stories are mostly familiar. The selection of poems is weaker, though there are a few standouts, such as Langston Hughes' Carol of the Brown King.
The information in the introductions is often fascinating. Gannady Spirin's paintings and decorations are often glorious. Ranging in style from medieval-church frescoes and Persian miniatures to 19th-century illustrations, they draw the eye and reward close inspection.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about their favorite holiday stories, songs, and poems. What other traditions are important to your family?
- Author: Ann Keay Beneduce
- Illustrator: Gennady Spirin
- Genre: Holiday
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication date: January 1, 2000
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
- Number of pages: 179
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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