Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas

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things are looking grim for Santa on Christmas Eve as he loses his voice and all his reindeer get sick before the night�s duties are done. He sends his reindeer off to bed and chooses eight cows to pull his sleigh instead. When Santa overlooks the shivering calf, Sugar Lump raises his voice to let Santa know he can pull the sleigh. A hoarse Santa appreciates the calf�s strong voice and invites him into the sleigh to command the cows.

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Overview

things are looking grim for Santa on Christmas Eve as he loses his voice and all his reindeer get sick before the night�s duties are done. He sends his reindeer off to bed and chooses eight cows to pull his sleigh instead. When Santa overlooks the shivering calf, Sugar Lump raises his voice to let Santa know he can pull the sleigh. A hoarse Santa appreciates the calf�s strong voice and invites him into the sleigh to command the cows.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Flying cows? That's just one of the liberties the tenderfoot author takes in shifting the Moore chestnut to a cowboy-centric setting. But a focus on the hardscrabble life of a rancher leaves little room for child-friendly detail or holiday cheer in this re-imagining of the poem, which references "chaw," and a "nip" to ease a bad hip. During the Christmas Eve encounter, an un-jolly Santa is roughed up, lassoed and nearly dragged by a horse before the rancher vaguely recognizes the red suit. No wonder the rancher concludes, "And somehow I knew [Santa] wouldn't be back"-readers might not be, either. All ages. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-5-Santa narrowly escapes getting lynched when a gruff old-timer finds him climbing into his remote cabin. With flying cows, a cussing and spitting cowboy, and the warming fireside "nip," this is an unusual version of the classic poem. While the rhyming is almost as rough as the narrator, the expansive watercolors of the Rocky Mountain scenes and the odd subtle humor give this an appealing charm. Really more for adults, it will also be enjoyed by rough-and-tumble young cowpokes whose parents aren't overly concerned about the earthier elements.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803176
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2007
  • Series: Night Before Christmas Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 847,817
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Salima Alikhan has created covers and interior illustrations for Kahani and Confetti magazines. She collaborated with the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Georgia, to turn her award-winning artwork into a planetarium show. Alikhan is the illustrator of Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas and The Pied Piper of Austin, both published by Pelican. She resides in Austin, Texas.
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  • Posted January 7, 2012

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    Beautifully illustrated takeoff on a classic Christmas story!

    The description of the book as of 1/7/2012 is NOT correct. I don't know what book that description came from, but Rocky Mountain Night Before Christmas is a takeoff on the original classic, Night Before Christmas. It's well-written in the same style as the original, except with a Western theme. Hilarious and memorable, for families who lives in the West or love the Western lifestyle -- or maybe a gift from relatives who live near the Rockies! The illustrations especially are to die for -- gorgeous paintings of Western-themed winter and Christmas scenes. This is a beautiful book that will be a part of your permanent collection!

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