Twelve Dinging Doorbells

Twelve Dinging Doorbells
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October 18, 2022
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A cumulative all-holiday carol packed to the brim with family, food, love, and Black joy, especially perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, graduations, and all family celebrations.

Every holiday, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and neighbors come over to eat, sing, and celebrate life. But all our main character can think about is the sweet potato pie Granny makes just for her. As tables fill with baked macaroni and cheese, chitlins, and other sides a-steaming, she and Granny move the pie to keep it intact. The task becomes tricker as the room grows with dancing and card games and pie cravings. Just when all seems lost and there’s no more pie, Granny pulls out a sweet surprise.

Written to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Twelve Dinging Doorbells is exuberant. Author Tameka Fryer Brown’s cumulative rhyme is impossible to resist, and the humorous details in Ebony Glenn’s cut-paper collage will welcome readers to this party again and again.

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clever holiday carol twist
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TWELVE DINGING DOORBELLS is a sweet twist on the 12 Days of Christmas carol that makes the song into one that will work for any holiday gathering. The words could be sung, and build from the first ringing doorbell of the holiday to the twelfth. As the story continues, more relatives arrive at the house, filling it with joy and laughter - as well as plenty of good food.

What I loved: This was a fun twist on the traditional carol that turns it into something that could be used for any holiday when family gathers together. While it may take a minute at first to get into the rhythm of the song, the words are carefully chosen to suit it well throughout. Each page spread includes the new phrase as well as those that came before, so it can be sung to the whole song.

The illustrations are lovely and show all the love and joy of family gatherings. The house begins to fill up as the doorbell keeps ringing and more people arrive. Some refrains feature relatives while others feature food - all the best parts of holiday gatherings. The book is full of bright colors and happy faces, with a little girl being the main character that children can locate on each page.

Final verdict: TWELVE DINGING DOORBELLS is a clever twist on a joyful carol that alters it to suit any holiday with family, joy, and good food. Recommend for toddlers and preschoolers.
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