Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book Review: Jingle Bells: How The Classic Came To Be

Jingle Bells: How The Holiday Classic Came To Be written by John Harris and Illustrated by Adam Gustavson


It's hard to believe Christmas is only a month away when it's sweltering hot in Savannah, Georgia. James Lord Pierpont struggles to get his mind off the heat and the conflict of his Unitarian church's anti-slavery and focus on the task of writing a song for the annual Christmas concert.

When his daughter asks him what snow is like, Pierpont receives the inspiration he needs to start his song. He wants his congregation to know what it is like to go for a sleigh ride as he did during his childhood in Boston. With the sound of jingling bells on his mind, Pierpont ends up writing the classic, "Jingle Bells."

Author John Harris explains in an imaginative and believable way of how he came up with the fictional account of the writing of "Jingle Bells." The lively illustrations by Adam Gustavson fit well with the upbeat music of the beloved song. I love holiday books that make reading aloud fun. This book does just that. Recommended holiday read for anybody who loves the Christmas classic, "Jingle Bells." Ages 4 and up.

Publishing Information

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (October 1, 2011
  • Pages: 32 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1561455903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561455904   


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