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Sing a Christmas Cracker: Songbook & CD Collection    by Jane Sebba order for
Sing a Christmas Cracker
by Jane Sebba
Order:  USA  Can
A & C Black, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This spiral-bound collection of 'Songs for Seasonal Celebrations' for all ages comes with a CD of backing tracks, as well as verses and written music for easy-to-play piano accompaniments. The songs were chosen by Jane Sebba, a teacher, arranger and composer. Black and white seasonal illustrations set the mood throughout the songbook, and two pages of guitar chords are provided at the back.

The twenty joyous jingles begin with The silver sleigh ride and end on A New Year's Resolution. Many - like Have yourself a merry little Christmas - are familiar songs, while I hadn't heard others - such as The Himalayan Abominable Snowman Blues, I'm a little Christmas cracker and Christmas on the Beach at Waikiki - before. Along with the songs and music, I appreciated the small print admonitions at the bottom of some pages, such as 'Abominable Snowmen say 'Sno to photocopying!'

Despite the regular mention of Christmas, these songs are generally secular and immersed in all aspects of the time of year (I especially liked Something told the wild geese, as watching their autumn flights is my annual cue that the holidays are near). I love playing and singing holiday music with friends and family - if you do too, Sing a Christmas Cracker will be a welome addition to your songbook collection.

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