Friday, December 3, 2010
The Forgotten Carols Written & Narrated by Michael McLean & illustrated by Brandon Dorman
The Forgotten Carols by Michael McLean with illustrations by Brandon Dorman
This newly beautiful rendition of The Christmas Carols is an instant classic for children of all ages, even for us "older" children. The beautiful illustrations blend in beautifully with the story.
The story begins with Isaac and his sister Eliza believing Christmas won't be the same without their father, who passed away while fighting in a war far, far away, leaving them alone with just their mother, who has to work for a living. The two children want their mother to stay home with them, but she tells them she has to go to work. The two feel they have to pretend to love Christmas, but they really can't.
Their mother tells Isaac and Eliza Rose that a f riend from work will come and watch over them while she's at work. The friend from work tells their mother she will come on two conditions-that there not be a Christmas tree up and that she bring dinner. When the lady arrives, she brings items out of her bag one at a time and has each of them hang a special ornament on their wreath over the fireplace mantel. The first ornament is an inn andIsaac is asked to put it on the wreath. After each ornament is placed on the wreath, a personage appears. The first was a man that looked like the Innkeeper. The second was a shepherd boy playing a flute, then singing. The next ornament was some swaddling cloth tied in the shape of a bow. A woman who looked like Mary appeared to sing, then disappeared. The sitter then brought out of her backpack some sandwiches. After they ate, she took out a manger and placed it on the wreath as well. This last man was Joseph.
After these personages left and all the ornaments were on the wreath, the sitter had helped to make this a Christmas to love.
There is a CD attached to the book and there are 4 fold out pages with each of the 4 songs on each page. This beautifully illustrated book is a perfect Christmas gift for your child or grandchild. I haven't as yet played my CD, but plan on it tomorrow when my good friend is here.
I received my review copy from Deseret Books.
Publisher: Deseret Book
Date Published: Nov 2010