The unexpected story of the creation of a holiday classic – in the most unlikely of places.
It is November 1857 in Savannah, Georgia, and the heat is stifling. Choir director James Lord Pierpont is busy writing a song for the children of the church to perform to usher in the holiday season. He is also worried. Many townspeople are angry because the congregation does not believe in slavery, and someone has thrown a brick through one of the church windows. As Mr. Pierpont sweeps up the glass from the broken window, he recalls his own Boston childhood, and he suddenly gets an idea. A few days later – with singing children, jingling bells, and bags of “snow” – Mr. Pierpont introduces the delighted churchgoers to the charms of a northern Christmas!
In this terrific match of John Harris’s entertaining text and Adam Gustavson’s endearing illustrations, readers learn about the unexpected origins of a Christmas classic that was written during a Savannah heat wave. Harris’s story also includes many interesting connections with Savannah, Unitarians, and freed slaves all playing a role in the story behind the song.
About the Author
John Harris has written a number of books for children, including several historical fiction books, He lives in Georgia.
Adam Gustavson is the illustrator of more than twenty books for children, as well as numerous periodicals. He holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in New Jersey.