Hark! The Aardvark Angels Sing
written and illustrated by Teri Sloat
Available in paperback from Scholastic
in fall, 2002!
Publisher's Weekly: Set to the rollicking beat
of the classic carol, this sublimely silly tale salutes a band of
unconventional mail carriers around the world. From the desert
the bayou, the intrepid winged helpers never miss a beat, nor do
the playful rhymes. Bright watercolor crayon and acrylic illustrations
brim with detail; cancelled postage stamps in the margins add to
the global glee.
Booklist: Humor and see-and-find details abound,
including inventive stamps and "cancellations" counting
down the days. Kids will want to hear and sing this one repeatedly.
Fun, festive, sure to become a favorite.
School Library Journal: This fantastical version
of the traditional Christmas carol features Aardvark Angels who
assist mail carriers to deliver the seasons heavy mounds of letters
This title is perfect fun for Christmas reading
and holiday story time sharing. The original score featuring the
new lyrics is appended.
Midwest Book Review: Teri Sloat's Hark!
The Aardvark Angels Sing, tells of Aardvark Angels who manage
to help the mail carriers deliver all the good cheer of the season.
Set to the Christmas song, this certainly is something different.
Hark! The Aardvark Angels Sing is also included
in the Penguin Putnam Christmas CD.
About the Book
HARK! started as an alphabet book, called Aardvark
Angels All Around. It was an alphabet that showed different
animals getting ready for Christmas. A was for the Aardvark Angels,
B was for Badgers bringing bright boxes, C was for Crocodiles cutting
Christmas cookies. But every 4-5 pages through the book Aardvark
Angels showed up to help the mailmen take care of mail. When Santa
had his Zebras Zooming at the end, the mail he was carrying was
still falling out and the Aardvark Angels were picking up all the
mail that was floating around.
My editor said that she didn't think I had an alphabet
book, but a book about Aardvark Angels, so I put the book away for
a while to think about things. About 6 months later a young friend
of mine asked me what happened to the book about mailmen that were
Aardvark Angels. Soooooo
sometimes the editor is right. Soooo
trying to write many different versions of a story about these little
guys, I was listening to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
at Christmas time, but I realized I was singing HARK! THE AARDVARK
ANGELS SING, LISTEN, HAROLD'S TRUMPETING
The editors were great about working with a not so
down-to-earth idea, and Susan Kochan and I had a lot of phone calls
singing the song and reading the story so that the same words could
work both ways. I think it really is a book about how hard it is
to get the mail everywhere and how we take it for granted. When
my husband and I lived in the bush in Alaska, we spent our first
Christmas without mailno packages, no cards, because bad weather
kept our mail away for 3 weeks.
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