Ozark Night Before Christmas

Ozark Night Before Christmas

by James Rice
     
 

Santy's arrival by johnboat is announced by a ruckus between his pet raccoon and Paw's coonhound. After a feast of ham biscuits, Maw and Paw open their musical gifts, and Santy joins in on the frollicatin'.

Overview

Santy's arrival by johnboat is announced by a ruckus between his pet raccoon and Paw's coonhound. After a feast of ham biscuits, Maw and Paw open their musical gifts, and Santy joins in on the frollicatin'.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589800564
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2004
Series:
Night Before Christmas Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®’s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice’s other children’s stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice’s family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!

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