'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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by Clement C. Moore, W. W. Denslow
     
 

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Clement Moore’s classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas surely tops the list of all-time favorite Christmas stories. After “hanging their stockings by the chimney with care,” with hopes that “St. Nicholas soon will be there,” children ‘round the world are “nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar

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Clement Moore’s classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas surely tops the list of all-time favorite Christmas stories. After “hanging their stockings by the chimney with care,” with hopes that “St. Nicholas soon will be there,” children ‘round the world are “nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums dance in their heads” every Christmas Eve.
It’s rare to find children’s books like this one. This book has been out-of-print for years. What makes it especially distinctive, and the reason it has been revised and reprinted, are the many unique, colorful illustrations by W. W. Denslow, who was best known for his original illustrations in The Wizard of Oz.
Vintage children’s author Grace Duffie Boylan, in her introduction, sets the stage by describing how the story came to be written.
The combination of bright, colorful vintage artwork, coupled with a playful typeface telling a much-loved story, makes for a delightful reading experience for both parents and children!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015749069
Publisher:
Minus the Ink Digital Publishing Group LLC
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
60
File size:
19 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

About Clement Moore
Clement Clarke Moore (1779–1863) was an American professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College, now Columbia University. He is generally considered to be the author of the yuletide poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which later became famous as " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas." The poem, "arguably the best-known verses ever written by an American," was first published anonymously in the Troy, New York, Sentinel on December 23, 1823, and was reprinted frequently thereafter with no name attached. Moore later acknowledged authorship and the poem was included in an 1844 anthology of his works at the insistence of his children, for whom he wrote it.
A Visit from St. Nicholas is largely responsible for the conception of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today, including his physical appearance, the night of his visit, his mode of transportation, the number and names of his reindeer, and the tradition that he brings toys to children. Prior to the poem, American ideas about St. Nicholas and other Christmastide visitors varied considerably. The poem has influenced ideas about St. Nicholas and Santa Claus beyond the United States to the rest of the English-speaking world and beyond.

William Wallace Denslow (1856-1915) – usually credited as W. W. Denslow – was an American illustrator and caricaturist, and is perhaps best known today for his work in illustrating Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." His trademark signature included a stylized rendering of a seahorse. Denslow was a colorful figure at the turn of the century; described by his contemporaries as a large man with a walrus moustache and a foghorn for a voice.

Grace Duffie Boylan (1861-1935) was one of eleven children. She attended Radcliffe College and the New England Conservatory of Music and began her career in Chicago as a journalist and reviewer, working as an art critic and writing a column called "One-Minute Romances from Real Life" for The Chicago Journal.
She was well known as a writer of children's stories, dialect poetry and patriotic verse. Boylan was featured in Prominent Persons of the Nation’s Capital, where she was described as “a woman of brilliant and magnetic personality, which is reflected both in her writings and in her public speaking.” She was a past president of the National League of Pen Women.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in this book. Bought it for my 3 year old grandson. Thought it would be fun to read during the Holidays, what a bummer it turned out to be. Even though description talked about illustrations there were none. Hard to keep a little one interested without pictures. Would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twas the nightvis bad there is no picture they need to change that part so klds read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely children¿s poem about a man who hears Santa Claus on his rooftop on Christmas Eve. The story is told in verse and warms my heart every time I hear it. I love to read this poem to my children at Christmas. They always try to remember the names of the reindeer just as Santa calls them out. It is a wonderful book to read and to share. This poem was written by Clement Clarke Moore. He was born on July 15, 1779 and passed away on July 10, 1863. He died at home in his Newport home in Rhode Island. He is now buried in New York ay the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery. One of his daughters Mary C. Moore Ogden illustrated his poem in a book called A Visit From St. Nicholas c 1995. Moore, Clement Clarke, `Twas The Knight Before Christmas. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2002. Reading Level 4.3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My eight year old son had a great time reading this book. He read it the first night of advent and every night there after until Christmas Day. The illustrations on every page really added to the poem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 person gave it a thumps up. another person said omg i love that book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have the book in paper.
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I dont know anything about this book but what im seeing so far is that it has no pictures. If it doesnt then I wouldnt recommend this!
GrandmomCathy50 More than 1 year ago
We gave this recordable book as a Christmas gift for our almost 2 year old niece. Her parents were delighted that they could record their voices reading this book, and that she could pretend to read it along with them. I must say it was a big hit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its only 2 pages of credits
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No pictures in it. Kind of sad. Dont buy it. It is not worth the money.
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We missed having some illustrations. A picture of Santa would have help. But you can't complain when a book is free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It dosent matter if it has no pis its just abour what christmas i really about it is a really nice book to read around the holidays!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont care if there is not pics ld just read for myself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story i want this for the holidays so i can read it to my family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't even show how the book looks like in side.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this poem because it is about Christmas
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a text only version of the poem, prefaced by a short author bio and poem history. Should be free.