An Irish Night Before Christmas

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"An Emerald Isle version of the perennial poem." -New Orleans Times-Picayune

"This cute children's book celebrates both the universality of spiritual experiences and the delights of discovering cultural differences." -New York Daily News

'Round Christmastime, things are a little different on the Emerald Isle. Instead of logs thrown onto the fire, we find turf blazing bright. Instead of cold eggnog spiced just right, the mother and father are enjoying their stout. You'll find no Donner or Cupid or Blitzen, but Ould Neddy the donkey and his small

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Overview

"An Emerald Isle version of the perennial poem." -New Orleans Times-Picayune

"This cute children's book celebrates both the universality of spiritual experiences and the delights of discovering cultural differences." -New York Daily News

'Round Christmastime, things are a little different on the Emerald Isle. Instead of logs thrown onto the fire, we find turf blazing bright. Instead of cold eggnog spiced just right, the mother and father are enjoying their stout. You'll find no Donner or Cupid or Blitzen, but Ould Neddy the donkey and his small cart. Father Christmas with his Irish eyes twinkling ushers in his seven elves, and thus begins the wondrous Irish Night Before Christmas.

This humorous tale, in the same vein as the famous Cajun Night Before Christmas, is the Irish version of Father Christmas's yearly visit. Told in delightful brogue, it will have everyone wishing "Nollaig sona agut!'' (Merry Christmas to you!)

Sarah Kirwan Blazek was born in county Wexford, Ireland, and retains dual citizenship in Ireland and the U.S. She is also the author of An Irish Hallowe'en and A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day. A retired elementary-school teacher, Ms. Blazek lives in Diamondhead, Mississippi.

Widely acclaimed as the South's leading illustrator of juvenile books, James Rice is the illustrator and/or author of over sixty titles with over 1.6 million copies in print. Rice was born on a farm in Coleman County, Texas, in 1934. He graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Texas, a master of fine arts degree from Stephen F. Austin University, and a master of arts degree in education from Howard Payne College. He taught art and music at both the high-school and college levels and was a favorite speaker at schools, nursing homes, and community centers across the country. Mr. Rice moved to Hico, Texas, in 1980, where he died in 2004.

An adaptation of the famous poem about a Christmas Eve visitor, set in Ireland.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Richly detailed and colorful full-page illustrations accompany this Christmas poem featuring the customs and language of the Irish. It is modeled after the famous Night Before Christmas we all know and love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565540866
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Night Before Christmas Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 815,202
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.87 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

Sarah Kirwan Blazek, born in County Wexford, Ireland, is now a teacher in Chicago, Illinois, and retains dual citizenship in both Ireland and the United States. She also is the author of An Irish Night Before Christmas and A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day, as well as the narrator of the companion audiocassette, which is a compilation of these two books. All are published by Pelican.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    The Irish Night Before Christmas

    This was a very sweet book and perfect for Christmas Eve. Especially if you want to expose your children to a little culture change!<BR/>I love the Night Before Christmas series.

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