'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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by Clement C. Moore, Carolyn Quattrocki, Susan Spellman
     
 

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Relive a magical moment from The Wind in the Willows and follow Santa Claus down the chimney in A Visit from St. Nicholas. These and other best-loved Christmas tales, poems, and carols come to life through Kevin Hawkes's glowing paintings in A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems. This keepsake collection is perfect for family story hours and…  See more details below

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Relive a magical moment from The Wind in the Willows and follow Santa Claus down the chimney in A Visit from St. Nicholas. These and other best-loved Christmas tales, poems, and carols come to life through Kevin Hawkes's glowing paintings in A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems. This keepsake collection is perfect for family story hours and will cheer hearts for many Christmases to come.

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Publishers Weekly
In the elegant paper-over-board 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas by Moore, illus. by Jessie Willcox Smith, the 19th-century artist's pen-and-ink spot art graces four lines of text on the left of each oblong spread, while silhouetted full-color paintings appear on the right. This is a beauty. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An ideal showcase for Hawkes's artistic abilities. The collection contains three traditional pieces ("Jolly Old Saint Nicholas," "The Friendly Beasts," and "A Visit from St. Nicholas"); an excerpt from The Wind in the Willows; and a story by Albert Bigelow Paine, "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn." The dense text may be better suited to family sharing than independent reading. Full-color paintings are lush and luminous with lots of clever details. However, with its limited number of selections, this title may not be a first choice for libraries looking for holiday anthologies. Michael Forman's Christmas Treasury (Pavilion, 2000) is a far more comprehensive volume.-T. T. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hawkes (Handel Who Knew What He Liked, p. 1352, etc.) illustrates this large-format anthology of Christmas stories and poems with his luminous, detail-filled paintings featuring muffler-wrapped field mice, a comical dog in a Santa suit, and a traditional St. Nicholas traveling across a midnight-blue sky. A selection from The Wind in the Willows finds Mole and Rat returning to Mole's house, where they are serenaded by a troop of caroling mice who are then invited in for a delectable holiday feast. "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn" by Albert Bigelow Paine tells the story of an enterprising dog who plays Santa Claus for his circle of animal friends, and Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" completes the collection with old-fashioned illustrations of a snowy New England village. The Christmas carols included are "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" and "The Friendly Beasts." No new ground is broken in this volume, but Hawkes's illustrations are appealing, especially his costumed animal characters, and readers will be drawn to the attractive cover with the title in raised golden letters. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561737246
Publisher:
Publications International, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Series:
Favorite Christmas Tales Series
Pages:
24

Meet the Author


Jessie Wilcox Smith (September 6, 1863 - May 3, 1935) was a prolific illustrator of magazines and children's books. She was a frequent contributor to Ladies Home Journal. A student of Howard Pyle, some of her best-known work for children includes Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies.

Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 - July 10, 1863) was a writer and professor and is credited with writing "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for his children. Originally published anonymously on December 23rd, 1823, the poem that would come to be known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was responsible for the creation of the Santa Claus myth as it is known in the United States and much of the English-speaking world. 

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