Elvis Presley's The First Noel

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9780060281267: Elvis Presley's The First Noel

In 1971, Elvis Presley made a beautiful recording of “The First Noel” that has since become a Christmas music classic. Now, for the first time ever, Elvis Presley's “The First Noel” is brought to life in this gorgeous picture book-and-CD package. Inside are breathtaking paintings by artist Bruce Whatley that capture the solemnity and joy of the first Christmas, and included with the book is a CD of “The King's” timeless recording.

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Elvis Presley (1935–1977) was a talented musician, singer, and actor. He was widely acclaimed as “The King of Rock 'n' Roll” and had an unprecedented total of 114 Top-40 hits. His runaway success continues to make his music popular to this day. He is a true legend in music history.

Bruce Whatley is the author and illustrator of many popular and award-winning books, including Whatley's Quest and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase, which he co-wrote with Rosie Smith. He is also the illustrator of The Teddy Bears' Picnic, There Ain't No Bugs on Me, and The Night Before Christmas. Mr. Whatley lives with his wife, Rosie, and their children, Ellyn and Ben, in Meredith, NH.



Bruce Whatley is one of Australia’s best-loved and most-respected author–illustrators. His most recent books include the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volume, The Secret World of Wombats, also illustrated by Bruce. The best selling team have also collaborated on Pete the Sheep, and most recently, Josephine Wants to Dance. Two of Bruce’s previous books, The Ugliest Dog in the World and Tails from Grandad’s Attic, were named as Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Looking for Crabs was shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council in 1993 and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase was named an Honour Book by the Children’s Book Council in 1998. Bruce has illustrated forty books to date, including a number that he has co-written with Rosie Smith. Their latest collaboration was Little White Dogs Can’t Jump.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-A visual interpretation of the traditional carol, accompanied by a CD of Elvis's version of the song. Set on dark backgrounds, Whatley's glowing illustrations are single and page-and-a-half spreads facing the text, with several wordless double-page spreads interspersed among them. The realistic yet romanticized human and animal figures are either bathed in illuminating yellow light or outlined with a somewhat mystical blue haze. This is a lovely book for Elvis fans and could be used in religious Christmas storytimes.-L.F.
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