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Twas the Night Before Christmas: Edited by Santa Claus for the Benefit of Children of the 21st Century

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Gold Medal Winner 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Best Holiday Book. 1st place winner for the Global International Best Christian Children's Book. This colorful and bright edition was created for young readers in mind. Attracting global media attention, The BBC, The View, The Colbert Report, New York Post, Huffington Post and many others for what the Kirkus Review calls a legitimate editing of the reference to the pipe and wreath of smoke for the first time in the history of this the most famous poem in the ...

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Overview

Gold Medal Winner 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Best Holiday Book. 1st place winner for the Global International Best Christian Children's Book. This colorful and bright edition was created for young readers in mind. Attracting global media attention, The BBC, The View, The Colbert Report, New York Post, Huffington Post and many others for what the Kirkus Review calls a legitimate editing of the reference to the pipe and wreath of smoke for the first time in the history of this the most famous poem in the English language. This is the edition that is credited with having Santa stop smoking after 189 years and for taking a small bite out of history. The public health sector, parents, educators and grandparents have applauded and welcomed the addition of this child friendly edition. Printed on FSC certified paper from Wisconsin USA with vegetable ink dyes in hardcover, English, Spanish and French.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
 C's Review- I love this book because it ls when Santa comes. The pictures are very pretty and how a lot of colors. Santa looks kind of thin though. We can get this copy of the book right mom? (mom's note, OF COURSE) It's really fun at Christmas time to unwrap a new book each day, we did that last year*. You should all get this book and wrap it up for your kids.

Mom's Review- A new version of one of my favorite books ever! Can I tell a fun story? The first year my husband and I were engaged we were in a long distance relationship. I emailed this to him on Christmas Eve and when he called me that night he read it to me on the phone right before I drifted off to sleep! Our household currently owns 5 versions of this book and we will for sure be getting this one. I love the more modern look to it without going over board. As you saw above in the blurb, gone is the smoking, and fur of endangered animals. But even without some pieces you still have the true classic story some great new looks to graphics and the fun of the Night Before Christmas.
—Gina Brown
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Twas The Night Before Christmas is the best known poem in the English language. If someone gave us its first line, most of us could recite the second line automatically. 
—Bruce David Forbes—author

School Library Journal
PreS-K—An 18th-century Papa narrates how he and the family pets assist Santa setting out Christmas presents for the family. Disney-like, full-color digital artwork lavishly depicts Moore's Christmas scenario from the kids snuggled in their beds to clever details such as Santa's reflection on each Christmas bulb. The book is subtle in its environmental and health-oriented treatment of the classic poem, except for Santa's note on the back flap saying that he has stopped smoking to be healthier and has always worn fake fur to protect animals including the Arctic polar bears. Purposeful, but not overdone.—Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
News flash: Santa quits smoking! This version of the famous Christmas poem has one unique feature: The references to Santa's pipe and the smoke that "encircled his head like a wreath" have been edited out of the text. Purists may decry mucking about with a beloved classic, but plenty of parents might not want to introduce old St. Nick as a smoker. An author attribution on the cover reads, "Edited by Santa Claus for the benefit of children of the 21st century," and a commitment to nonsmoking is a legitimate goal in materials intended for children. A clever note to readers from Santa on the back cover flap explains the excision of the smoking text and also affirms in a humorous way that Santa's costume uses only fake fur out of respect for "my dear friends the artic polar bears." The illustrations are greeting-card pretty, with an old-fashioned home and the father in a nightcap and holding a candle. (The lighted candles on the Christmas tree are something else 21st-century children don't need.) The toys in Santa's pack look like they come from the 1950s, and the illustrators' style is clearly influenced by animated Disney movies of that era. Well-meant, but not memorable aside from the smoke-free environment. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987902306
  • Publisher: Grafton and Scratch Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 107,265
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Clement C. Moore (1779–1863) is widely regarded as the very poet of Christmas Eve. Much of the way we have come to celebrate December 24th is based on his portrayal of a jolly Santa, who along with his team of reindeer brings happiness to children and joy to the world. Twas the Night Before Christmas was originally published in the New York Troy Sentinel newspaper in 1823. It has become the most famous poem in the English language. In 2011, various editions of this enchanting poem spent thirty-six weeks on the New York Times best-seller’s list in the children’s category.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

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    Great book with great pictures,however this is a classic story thats been around forever i was very dissapointed that they left out the part about his pipe! Dont change a classic story!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

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    Still a lovable classic!

    Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore has been edited to remove the reference to smoking in this lovable classic Christmas story! If you're like me, you would prefer not to portray to your children that Santa Claus is a smoker. The lines: "The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath" have been removed to benefit young readers. This book is beautifully illustrated and I love that there is a little note from Santa at the end, stating that he has left smoking behind, and couldn't be happier and healthier. What an awesome and beneficial change to this book! Great Job!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Good

    I can't wait till christmas.We already boaght a christmas tree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Loved this!

    I have always loved this and this version is so beautifully illustrated! It is a must for any ebook collection!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2013

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    Twas the Night Before Christmasis a recipient of the prestigious

    Twas the Night Before Christmasis a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Unacceptably altered a classic.

    Unacceptably altered a classic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    BLAH

    DID U KNOW THAT ITS SOPPOSED TO BE "NOT EVAN A. MOUSE"
    THE AUTHOR HAD REALLY BAD WRITING BACK THEN

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    The night

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Llll Rudolph

    Great!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Not for Nook Tablet

    Don't get this book if you plan on using on your Nook Tablet. It's slow and buggy. Also, it's just scans of the original book pages that don't fit on the Nook's screen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Me

    It was a good book great axaazing book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think this book has good description. It is good for anyone who wants to read one of the many versions of the night before christmas:)!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Clement C. Moore did not write the story as written in this book

    Clement C. Moore did not write the story as written in this book. My husband, if living today, would be heart broken
    to know that with all the changes it is not the writings of his Great Uncle. I will pass on buying the book for my
    Great nephews and niece and other children. I think the store should post a sign to say this is not the original
    version

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    I loved this story and found this particular edition to be very

    I loved this story and found this particular edition to be very colorful with lots of details for the enjoyment of the little kids I read to. I particularly liked the reindeer characters who are darling. This was a big hit with my classroom kids and I recommend it. I have the hardcover edition and will treasure it as a holiday tradition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Maybe on the Tablet

    This slowed down and oft froze the nook simple touch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    5stars

    Its based on a song

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