Ozark Night Before Christmas

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"'Twere Christmas Eve an' mist a-crept off the crick.
An' the col' winner drizzly was a-comin' down thick."
It's a winter night in the Ozarks, and while Maw and Paw are snoring in their beds, their son is waiting up with his dog, Arkansaw, to catch a glimpse of Saint Nick.
The second the portly man and his big pet raccoon cross the threshold, there erupts such a commotion as the holler has never seen! Arkansaw takes exception to Santy's ...
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"'Twere Christmas Eve an' mist a-crept off the crick.
An' the col' winner drizzly was a-comin' down thick."
It's a winter night in the Ozarks, and while Maw and Paw are snoring in their beds, their son is waiting up with his dog, Arkansaw, to catch a glimpse of Saint Nick.
The second the portly man and his big pet raccoon cross the threshold, there erupts such a commotion as the holler has never seen! Arkansaw takes exception to Santy's raccoon, and quicker than you can say "By sassafrack!" the whole place is busted up. But Santy saves the day with a fine ham biscuit feast and sneaks a whole set of musical instruments into the stockings hung by the "fahrboard." After a fine backwoods jig, Santy has to git and floats into the night, saying, "Happy Christmas to all, ev'ry maw, paw, 'n tyke!"
Amanda McWilliams was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and now lives with her husband and son in Mandeville, Louisiana.
Widely acclaimed as the South's leading illustrator of juvenile books, James Rice is the illustrator and/or author of over sixty titles, including eighteen titles in The Night Before Christmas Series. There are almost two million copies of his books in print. He has taught art at the grammar-school, high-school, and university levels and enjoys talking to schoolchildren across the country about writing and art. He lives in Hico, Texas, with his family.

In this version of the famous poem, Santy pays an Ozark family a visit on Christmas Eve with his pet raccoon and gifts of musical instruments for a fine backwoods jig.

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Publishers Weekly
In Ozark Night Before Christmas by Amanda McWilliams, illus. by James Rice, latest in the publisher's "Night Before Christmas" series, "Santy" arrives "a-paddlin' the crick" and exclaims, "By hick'ry yer roof's high as cats' backs, mebbe more./ An' yer chimbley's might narr'... I'm all fer yer door!" Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-When a boy wakes up on Christmas Eve and goes outside to investigate, he sees Saint Nick paddling down the creek in a boat, dressed in overalls with a pet raccoon on his shoulder. After the boy helps "Santy" carry his sack of goodies to the cabin, he and his parents receive instruments and they all play music and dance a "fine backwoods jig." Adults may struggle to wrap their tongues around the thick-as-butter dialect ("I foller't 'im down the holler, whar a-paddlin' the crick,/Well bedog m' cats, iffen it wharn't ol' Saint Nick!"), but kids will savor this exotic version of the classic poem. Although a bit stiff, the illustrations have a scratchy, folksy quality that works well with the text.-E. M. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589800564
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: The Night Before Christmas Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 818,798
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rice, in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, has produced fifty-plus childrenís books, among them illustrations for an addition to the Night Before Christmas series, Gullah Night Before Christmas. With more than a million and a half copies of his books in print, he ranks among the nationís best-selling creators of childrenís books.
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