The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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by Susan Jeffers
     
 

Oh no! Emma is in trouble!

In this new version of the classic song, Santa comes to the rescue.

Susan Jeffers's artwork sparkles with the excitement of a magical journey, revels in the fun of the twelve preposterous gifts, and brings us home in time for a joyful Christmas morning.

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Overview

Oh no! Emma is in trouble!

In this new version of the classic song, Santa comes to the rescue.

Susan Jeffers's artwork sparkles with the excitement of a magical journey, revels in the fun of the twelve preposterous gifts, and brings us home in time for a joyful Christmas morning.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/16/2013
In the spirit of her 2007 The Nutcracker, Jeffers reinterprets this classic carol, creating a narrative to bolster the song. While snooping on Christmas Eve, Emma discovers a gift from Santa—a snow globe containing a partridge in a pear tree. After she breaks it, she curls up in a chair and dreams that she and Santa accumulate the full complement of gifts from the song while winging his sleigh toward the North Pole. The watercolor-and-ink paintings create an air of holiday magic, and the fantastical parade of gifts thrums with activity and attention-grabbing details, from the eight maids a’milking, whose bonnets match those of their cows, to the dapperly dressed and ethnically diverse lords and ladies who dance across pages bedecked with jewels. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
The Horn Book
“Lush, detailed...satisfying.”
Booklist Online
With graceful and amusing artwork, this brings new lief to an old favorite.
ALA Booklist
Priase for The Nutcracker: “Jeffers’ lush watercolors...will wholly satisfy families...this treatment will earn curtain calls galore.”
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Shining from the jacket is Emma, one of Jeffers’ charming little girls, holding a snow globe containing a partridge and pears. Swirls of green glitter predict this tale will be a variation or fantasia on the traditional carol about gifts from a true love. On Christmas Eve, green-eyed Emma tiptoes downstairs to peek at a present with her name on it. It is the lovely snow globe, but Emma trips and the glass cracks. Devastated, Emma packs it up and falls asleep in a big armchair. Thus begins her adventure with Santa and the gifts, all twelve of them. Jeffers ignores the traditional words, since Santa is bestowing these presents, nor does she keep the rhythm and repetition of the cumulative song. Emma steps into Santa’s sleigh and away they go, reindeer flying. Gifts appear magically from turtledoves to pipers piping--all keeping pace with the sleigh as it heads for Santa’s workshop. Jeffers paints French hens in little mobcaps, squawking geese losing their eggs, and milkmaids tumbling. The most beautiful spread features nine ladies dancing in a shower of jewels, wearing pastel gowns and hats from the early twentieth century; the leaping lords just cannot match them for elegance. As pipers on horseback line up, Santa escorts Emma into his workshop full of elves and traditional toys; animals, boats, trains, and propeller airplanes. Readers captivated by the adventure will follow eagerly as Santa drives Emma home through a snowy moonlit night, followed by a joyous Christmas morning and a magical discovery. Young viewers and listeners will love the gifts cavorting on big, colorful pages (and spotting them on the Christmas tree), with humorous touches and, of course, Santa and his reindeer. Readers can wait till a later Christmas to tackle the complexities of the song. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—A little girl sneaks a look at a wrapped present on the night before Christmas-a snow globe of a partridge in a pear tree-and accidentally breaks it. Falling asleep, she dreams of Santa giving her a ride on his sled, during which he gives her two turtledoves and all the rest of the traditional gifts in the song. Arriving back at his workshop, he repairs the broken gift, and the girl wakes up to Christmas morning to a wrapped-up, unbroken snow globe. The dream setting of Santa's sleigh above snowy rooftops makes as good a backdrop as any for those odd gifts, from fussy French hens to swans startling the milkmaids and their cows (all wearing fluffy bonnets). Families looking for a singable version of the song will be disappointed, but they will likely enjoy the story and the exuberant, oversize illustrations.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-01
Jeffers has created a lovely story incorporating the words of the old folk song with one important change: a clever substitution of Santa as the giver of all the gifts instead of the narrator's "true love." A little girl named Emma is the star of this version, and in a dramatic opening sequence, she surreptitiously opens a package on Christmas Eve with her name on it. The gift is a box decorated with pictures of Santa's reindeer, and inside is a musical snow globe with a little partridge and a tiny pear-tree branch. After Emma accidentally breaks the snow globe, she falls asleep, heartbroken--and the reindeer magically fly out of the gift box, pulling Santa's sleigh behind them. Emma climbs aboard, carrying the box with the snow globe, and she is off with Santa, flying on a magical odyssey to find all the animals and characters mentioned in the song. They end up at the North Pole, where Santa repairs her snow globe while Emma is sleeping. When Emma opens her presents on Christmas morning, her intact snow globe is a satisfying surprise. Jeffers uses her signature style to great effect, with varying perspectives, detailed costumes, and light reflecting off snowy surfaces and sparkling jewels (plus Emma's pet Westie). A whimsical, magical interpretation of a holiday classic, improved by the additional storyline and the charming narrator. (artist's note) (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062066152
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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