The Twelve Days of Christmas

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The traditional English carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," has been sung and enjoyed throughout the holiday season for centuries. In keeping with its courtly tone, most illustrated treatments of the song use a formal art style. Now, a new version is geared specifically to young readers, using playful images of animals romping and cavorting to the song's lyrics. Imagine beret-wearing French hens, four "calling" birds chatting on the phone, or frolicking frogs as the lords-a-leaping. Colorful, lighthearted ...
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Overview

The traditional English carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," has been sung and enjoyed throughout the holiday season for centuries. In keeping with its courtly tone, most illustrated treatments of the song use a formal art style. Now, a new version is geared specifically to young readers, using playful images of animals romping and cavorting to the song's lyrics. Imagine beret-wearing French hens, four "calling" birds chatting on the phone, or frolicking frogs as the lords-a-leaping. Colorful, lighthearted scenes by acclaimed illustrator Dan Andreasen bring a whole new interpretation to the holiday carol. From the first day to the twelfth, readers of all ages will enjoy this rendition of counting down the days of Christmas.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Bestselling illustrator Dan Andreasen re-imagines a popular English folk song with a rambunctious menagerie sure to appeal to little ones. The song itself is rife with the rhythm, repetition and counting motifs that enrich the pre-literacy experience for tots, and Andreasen's images enhance the text's inherent whimsy. The book opens with one contented partridge atop a pear-studded tree. With the successive newcomers, though—two turtle doves, three French hens—the plump bird is soon bumped from his perch and finds himself wandering amongst the other giddy gifts. Kids will have a great time trying to locate the befuddled partridge amidst the dancing bunny ladies, leaping frog lords and piping crocodiles as well as picking out differences between the spotlighted critters in each double-page spread (for example, the pipers are arrayed in a variety of shirts and eyewear). Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Although the text is the traditional rhyme, the illustrations, and therefore the mood of the story, is far different than the original version. Readers, or young listeners, have the perspective of that number one gift—the partridge in the pear tree. The adorable little bird begins by looking happy and fairly content perched on the famed tree. However, he begins to suspect that his life is about to change when two turtle doves join him, all three looking rather startled. With the addition of the three French hens, the petite partridge's expression reveals that something is indeed amiss with what had been his peaceful home. By the time four calling birds come calling, Partridge decides to take flight. As other animals arrive on the scene, the audience, although sharing the bewilderment of Partridge, will also enjoy the boisterous behavior of swans, cats, rabbits, frogs, alligators, and turtles, each carrying out the action expressed in the traditional lyrics. A humorous addition to Christmas titles, this volume is certain to bring giggles from the youngest listeners while bringing smiles to older readers, as well. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
Kirkus Reviews
This version of the traditional holiday carol features a restrained, streamlined interpretation intended for younger children who may not be familiar with the song's complicated cast of characters. Most illustrated editions of this song use a cumulative approach, resulting in concluding pages crammed with dozens of characters to count and an overall frenetic vibe. This version's approach focuses on a baby partridge that is ever more bewildered by each new set of animals that arrives day by day. The first delivered gifts are comical-looking turtledoves, and the later groups of characters are animals in costumes: cats as milkmaids, rabbits as dancing ladies and tortoises as drummers. Each of these larger groups has its own visit with the partridge, with a final spread showing the partridge hiding from the increasing cacophony and a wordless, final page showing the tuckered-out partridge in post-holiday exhaustion. The animal characters are amusing but not compelling, set against muted, cool lavender backgrounds that convey the calm atmosphere this petite partridge prefers. Though there are several sumptuously illustrated versions of this song in print as well as many clever parodies, this is the only simpler edition of the song currently available. Suitable for the holiday story shelves in larger library collections and families with very young children. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585368341
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 821,252
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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His career began as a sculptor for American Greeting Corp., designing figurines,

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