Good King Wenceslas

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North-South Books, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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"Good King Wenceslas look'd out
On the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even..."

Almost everybody can sing the first few lines of this popular Christmas carol. But how many know what happens after the good King looks out? It is what the King sees, and his reaction to the sight, that sets the delightful tale in motion: King Wenceslas and his page go to aid a poor man, and in the end they receive a special blessing of their own. In exquisite hand-painted woodcuts, artist Christopher Manson skillfully renders the medieval setting and characters. Biographical notes on John Mason Neale and the historical King Wenceslas, along with the music and complete words to the carol, ensure that "Good King Wenceslas" will become a traditional part of every family's Christmas celebration.

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In 1853, an Angelican priest named John M. Neale wrote the lyrics to the Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas," which tells the story of a real 10th century Christian Behmian king, well known for his ... Read full review

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Good King Wenceslas, illustrated by Tim Ladwig Originally written in the nineteenth century, the words to this beloved Christmas song were penned by English hymnwriter John Mason Neale, set to a ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Christopher Manson is a well-known author/illustrator who undertakes extensive research for his books. For Over the River and Through the Wood he reviewed Currier and Ives prints and Victorian patterns. He currently resides in Rockville, Maryland.

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