While many know the music, not all know the story behind the stirring tune of Good King Wenceslas, which is based on the words penned by 19th-century Anglican priest John M. Neale and illustrated here by Tim Ladwig. Using slightly adapted lyrics, Ladwig presents the story of the Czech patron saint who lived in the 10th century and ruled the land fairly, gave aid to the poor, and sought to spread Christianity throughout Bohemia. Ladwig's dramatic illustrations show the King and a young servant traipsing through the snow to deliver food and fuel to a peasant and his family. This book is a splendid way to bring a beloved carol to life. Alice Cary has been spotted in several New England malls humming her own versions of Christmas carols.

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