Wenceslas: A Christmas Poem by Carol Ann Duffy

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Wenceslas: A Christmas Poem Read Online Free - Carol Ann Duffy's wonderful new Christmas poem retelling the carol of King Wenceslas, beautifully illustrated by Stuart Kolakovic.

Beginning with the King’s Cook, who is preparing a sumptuous Christmas Pie, Wenceslas takes us to a medieval feast. The lords and ladies are at their places, the wine is in full flow, the musicians are playing in the gallery and the entertainment has begun. All should be perfect. But when the good King looks up from his table he sees something more than just snow, falling deep and crisp and even . . .
In reimagining the much-loved carol of King Wenceslas, Carol Ann Duffy’s wonderful new poem offers merriment and festive cheer, but also celebrates what is truly important at this special time of year: the simple acts of kindness that each of us can show another.

Title : Wenceslas: A Christmas Poem
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ISBN : 1447212029
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 pages


Kitty rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2015

Wow! pocket sized, beautifully illustrated by Stuart Kolakovie and Carol Ann Duffy shows her skill at weaving a beautiful poem from the traditional carol 'Good King Weceslas'. Just the right size for a Christmas stocking! I love her choice of: 'wherein','trill' ' hither' and 'colly-flowre' which g...

Kirsty rated it ★★★★★

January 01, 2018

A beautifully illustrated and rather sumptuous poem; perfect for making one think of Christmas past, and the true message of the season - good will to all men.

Stacey rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 14, 2014

The illustrations are beautiful, but the poem seems to focus on the pie, then end rather abruptly with the old man invited inside. I thought this part of the story should have been the focus.

Nikki rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 05, 2013

A pretty little book, but not much substance here -- a little playing with the sounds of words, and a moral to the story, to go with the beautifully coloured illustrations, but nothing mindblowing.

Camilla rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 04, 2018


Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

December 30, 2016

My Snow Pie present this year. A beautiful book- a wonderful poem by Duffy which weaves in some of the lines from the carol and astonishingly gorgeous illustrations.

Kirsty rated it ★★★☆☆

May 28, 2017

Received this little book via a Twitter promotion from Blackwells (thanks Catherine). It is a re-telling, via poetry, of the tale of Good King Wenceslas by Carol Ann Duffy. Now, as a vegetarian there was too much time spent on birds stuffing other birds for my liking and the end of the tale was s...

Michelle rated it ★★★★☆

September 23, 2017

Overall, this is beautifully re-imagined and superbly illustrated version of the classic Christmas carol. Duffy's occasional use of old English in her verse and Kolakovic's medieval-style illustrations combine to create a unique and delightful festive package. It is quite a tiny little book: perf...

Aileen rated it ★★★☆☆

December 22, 2016

A small book containing the story of Good King Wenceslas, in which his actual good deed of taking in a poor peasant is confined to the last few pages, after most of it being taken up with the detailed contents of a pie being baked by the cook. Lovely illustrations though, giving it the appearance...

Catherine rated it ★★★☆☆

August 03, 2016

Beautifully illustrated, but for me personally the poem dwells a little too much on the contents of the Kings pie, and not enough on what is supposed to be the main crux of the story - the Kings kindness in inviting a poor man in out of the snow. Not one for vegetarians, certainly.

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