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Jingle Bells

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Susan Jeffers, the Caldecott Honor and New York Times bestselling artist of The Nutcracker and The Twelve Days of Christmas, takes readers on an enchanted journey set to lyrics from the beloved holiday song.

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way…

Ride along with a girl, a boy, their pony, and a mischievous dog as they
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by HarperCollins (first published 2017)
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Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Susan Jeffers Fans / Those Looking for New Christmas Picture-Books
Taking the popular Christmas song, Jingle Bells, as a text, author/artist Susan Jeffers creates an engaging holiday adventure in this new picture-book. As a boy and girl set out on a sleigh-ride across the snowy landscape, they and their little white dog experience a variety of adventures, from a sleigh accident to some encounters with the local wildlife. Eventually they make it to their grandmother's house, where they find that Santa has come to call as well...

Although the text of Jingle Bells
Villain E
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The text is just the song "Jingle Bells," no additions or embellishments. But my family has a soft spot for Susan Jeffers' art, her West Highland White Terrier in particular. The visual story is a couple of kids getting pulled through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh, and seeing some cute wild animals along the way. ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love to sing the classic song JINGLE BELLS during Christmas time? Why not morph it into a story with pictures?

The illustrations were beautiful and I loved Susan Jeffer's take on the song JINGLE BELLS. The story follows a girl and a boy who are riding in a one horse open sleigh to Grandma's house. But their mischievous, adventurous dog doesn't stick to the path.

Instead, the dog finds the winter animals to play with, like a fox and a rabbit, whether they want to or not. I loved how in
Christine (Tina)
I love Susan Jeffers illustrations - have been a long time fan. An illustrated book based on the poetic lyrics of a beloved Christmas carol is a cool idea, too. However, I was traumatized (as the expressions on the illustrated children's faces were too) with how the fox chases the dog which chases the rabbit down the rabbit hole...I know, I of life and all that jazz. Geez, though, no one wants to associate Christmas cheer with death of a furry woodland creature! (The rabbit makes i ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A classic Christmas song in format, Jingle Bells will become an instant hit for readers of all ages as they read the lyrics for the song, and enjoy Jeffers illustrations. Bringing the song to life, Jeffers infused some wintery mishaps and fun on the sleigh ride journey through the woods. Kids will enjoy looking for some winter woodland animals featured on each of the pages through out the book. They'll also enjoy the surprise guests at the end of the sleigh ride journey. This is another holiday ...more
Look no further! You have found one of the best Jingle Bell books! I enjoy tying books and songs together during story times and this book has allowed me to do exactly that. While singing the traditional Jingle Bells song, I am able to turn the beautifully illustrated pages accordingly, and create an atmosphere that is completely unique. The kiddos, who usually love singing along, become enraptured within the melody and pages of the book. I plan on keeping this book in my holiday story time repe ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
That's pretty much what my holiday this year looked like but having the chance to enjoy works like this one allowed me to take a moment at least to remember the beauty of the season, the simple joy to be found in visiting another, and the many adventures to be found just outside our front door. With beautifully crafted images to bring this classic carol to life (as well as add a few unexpected surprises!), there's fun to be had between these pages for all ages.

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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Jeffers, Susan Jingle Bells. PICTURE BOOK. Harper, 2017. $18.

Jeffers has taken the classic Christmas song and tried to add some fun twists to the story through her illustrations. The new antics along the sleigh ride are amusing, especially with the surprise visitors at the end of the ride. Some children will have fun with this. 978-0062360205

Pre-K, EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
This book has so many hidden figures, much like an I Spy book. The words to the familiar Christmas carol are sprinkled throughout. A boy and girl are going on a sleigh ride and their dog falls off and runs away. Kids will enjoy looking to see the dog hidden on most of the pages. There are other animals hiding in the wood, too. Put your I Spy skills to work with this holiday offering. Highly recommended for Grades K-2.
Lynn  Davidson
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Susan Jeffers gorgeously illustrates her interpretation of the song Jingle Bells. Beautiful winter scenes and frivolity.
It appears to me that she misunderstood the meaning of "bells on bob-tail ring" as she depicted the horse's tail long and flowing. Bob-tail is a short horse's tail - either trimmed or tied up so it does not get tangled in the reins. Other than that point, the illustrations are fabulous.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Susan Jeffers' books are a joy to look at (awesome illustrations). I was thinking the pictures reminded me of "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and when I checked, she is the illustrator of that picture book.

Comforting and well done.
The song Jingle Bells in picture book format. The illustrations beautiful. Love the search and find aspect with the winter animals. Great surprise at the end when you see who the kids are going to visit. New Christmas classic in the making.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
If your toddler sings Jingle Bells a lot (like mine), then I'd recommend this book. Finding the animals is a fun part and my daughter gets into it. If your kid doesn't like Jingle Bells, it may be a pass. ...more
Britt, Book Habitue
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The simple text (just the words to the song) is nothing amazing, but the illustrations (which are GORGEOUS) tell a whole other story.... which I find hilarious.
Maybe not a great read-a-loud, but lots of fun.
Just a simple attempt to illustrate the song in a a seasonal way. Cute.
Angie Quantrell
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Beautifully illustrated and fun to read. Hide and seek animals add extra excitement for young readers.
Lisa D
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The song jingle bells with beautiful illustrations! A holiday classic!
Fun-filled and whimsical picture book of the traditional song "Jingle Bells". Beautifully illustrated....I especially love the little dog's expressive face. ...more
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
A fun rendition of Jingle Bells - though I'm not entirely sure how some of the illustrations are supposed to portray / align with the lyrics with which they were paired. The cover is gorgeous. ...more
Beautiful watercolor illustrations bring the traditional Christmas song to life in this holiday picture book.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Susan Jeffers's illustrations are stunning as always! Love the glitter on the cover. ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun addition to our drop-in read-aloud library family Christmas event.
The illustrations are lovely, but they are so busy that you can't take everything in at the pace the song goes. ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
love the illustrations, but difficult to follow the song if you want to sing it.
Classic lyrics put together with some beautiful illustrations.
Kalli Jean Thompson
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: winter, christmas
Delightful illustrations that draw in the reader
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The lyrics to the song beautifully illustrated.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty illustrations, but it's hard to sing the song without speeding through the pages. ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Beautiful pictures but the book as a whole didn’t draw me in. Kids (1, 2 year olds) weren’t that excited by it either.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely illustrations (with hidden animals) accompany the text of the well known Christmas song.
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Graduate of Pratt Institute 1964
Worked in the publishing field for three years
Began freelance career in 1968
Published first children's book in 1970


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