The Night Before Summer Vacation

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A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there's bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect "twist" on Clement Moore's classic.

In the style of Clement Moore's familiar Christmas poem, tells of a family's last minute preparations for summer vacation.

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Overview

A little girl and her family are getting ready to go on vacation . . . or at least they are trying to. In the effort to pack everything that will be needed, there's bound to be something overlooked, and what that is provides a funny ending to this meter-perfect "twist" on Clement Moore's classic.

In the style of Clement Moore's familiar Christmas poem, tells of a family's last minute preparations for summer vacation.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
An inventive rhyme patterned after "T'was the Night Before Christmas" is the text in this early reader book. The poem is paired with amusing illustrations that will entertain children and keep them coming back for more. The language is descriptive; the pictures capture the hustle and bustle of a family preparing for summer vacation: "Down from the attic our suitcases came, Mom whistled and shouted as if reffing a game: In bathing suits! In flip-flops! In sun block and hats! In flashlight! In lounge chairs! And whistle ball bats! To the top of the pile! To the top of the heap! Now pack away! Pack away! Five layers deep!" Here is a summer story with lots of Christmas spirit. This title is one in the publisher's "Reading Railroad Books" series. 2002, Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Putnam, Pettenati
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448428307
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Night Before Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 81,751
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Natasha Wing was born in Milford, Connecticut in 1960. At the age of 20 she moved to Arizona where she finished college at Arizona State University in 1982 with a B.S. in Advertising. In 1988 she married Daniel Wing and moved to Northern California where she worked in advertising for a number of years.

It wasn't until 1991 that she decided to write children's books. Luckily she sold her first book, Hippity Hop, Frog on Top, within 6 months and has been writing children's books and articles ever since. Her second book, Jalapeno Bagels, came out in June 1996 with Atheneum Books. The Night Before Easter, was published with Putnam All Aboard Books. She has also been published in Humpty Dumpty's Magazine, Girls' Life, and Hopscotch for Girls, and has two recipes in Writers in the Kitchen.

Birthday: February 7th Pets: Siberian husky, Sabaka, and cat, Jemima Professional: Member of Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Favorite Children's Books: Polar Express, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cat in the Hat, The Golden Compass Favorite Season: Fall Favorite Tree: Maple Favorite Color: Cranberry red Favorite Cookie: Oatmeal Raisin with Vanilla Chips Reason for writing The Night Before Easter: "I wrote The Night Before Easter for parents to read at bedtime so children could go to sleep with sweet dreams of jelly beans dancing in their heads."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Recommended!

    Nice book! Fun for the kids! Helps the kids to look forward to go out on summer to have fun and enjoy it!

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

    We love it!

    My kids and I love this book. It is fun and catchy and the illustrations are great. Definitely a favorite in our home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    A fun, get-in-the-mood summer vacation book.

    My two kids, ages 6 and 3, loved this book with it's easy to read format and catchy verses. It makes packing up for a trip even more exciting.

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    Posted June 17, 2010

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