Jingle Bells: How the Holiday Classic Came to Be
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Author John Harris was inspired by a historic marker he saw on a visit to Savannah, Georgia, to do a little investigating as to the history of the classic tune. He saw a marker about the history of the song, written by James Pierpont, music director at the Unitarian C ...more
A story telling about the origins of the song "Jingle Bells." While it seems no one knows for sure where it was written, the artist and time frame are known. Savannah is believed to be the location, but another story does exist. Anyway, John Harris decided to set this story in Savannah during a heat wave at Thanksgiving time. James Pierpont writes a new holiday song every year for his church and this year they really needed something to lift their spirits. The members of the church included some...more
Unfortunately, it is HIGHLY fictionalized. The author even added a pretty heavy story-line about slavery in the Unites States, which I then had to explain to my young children, including the scene early in this book where a brick is thrown through a church window by mobs. Racial tension in the South and black children adopted into white families is ...more
John Harris has written a number of books for children, including, most recently, My Monster Notebook. Of A Giraffe Goes To Paris (co-written with Mary Tavener Holmes), Publishers Weekly said, "This is history for children the way it ought to be written." He lives in California.