Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

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by Clement C. Moore, Tom Newsom
     
 

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. It's Christmas Eve, and the entire house is sleeping—except one boy, woken by the clatter of hooves on the roof. As he tiptoes downstairs, who will he find? Ages 3-7

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Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. It's Christmas Eve, and the entire house is sleeping—except one boy, woken by the clatter of hooves on the roof. As he tiptoes downstairs, who will he find? Ages 3-7

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
With all the editions of this Clement Moore perennial favorite it is hard to know just which one to select to own. With the exception of the poem illustrated by the notable artists like Jan Brett, Putnam, 1998, or Cheryl Harness, Random, 1989 or Robert Ingpen, Sterling, 2010 most are average at best. For this edition Whelan has chose a family of mice to await the arrival of jolly St. Nick featured here as a chubby, bespeckled, white haired mouse. Printed on heavy stock the double-page spreads open with a cut-away of the mouse family's house that is filled with cozy creature comforts and moves on the several of the airborne Santa and his reindeer coming in for a rooftop landing. Santa pauses in is work long enough to enjoy a snack of milk and cookies and cheese before ascending the chimney. The final spread, with reindeer leaping into the night sky carries the famous tag line, "Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight." The colorful watercolors have a homey feel to them with touches of glitter that add sparkle to the familiar poem. While there is nothing outstanding about this title neither is there anything inherently wrong with it. The happy mouse family and endearing mouse Santa along with the pleasant design and sturdy pages will make it a good choice for younger children. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The illustrations in this version of the celebrated poem will appeal to young children; the narrator, his family, and Santa are all adorable, large-eared mice. One spread shows a cutaway view of a small house, mice snug under colorful quilts, and a Christmas tree twinkling downstairs by the fire. The emphasis is on cozy and cute, jazzed up with judicious sprinklings of glitter on each sturdy page. An excellent version for the youngest set.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
2015-08-12
This import from Great Britain features an extra-large format and sweet, soft-focus illustrations in a cheery interpretation of the favorite Christmas poem. Instead of the father of the family waking up to meet Santa, this version finds a young boy awakened by the clatter out on the lawn. The boy, Sam, gets up with his teddy bear "to see what was the matter," while the parents remain "nestled all snug" in their own bed. Sam creeps downstairs in blue-striped pajamas, and there he spies Santa passing out toys and presents. This twist of the narrator from father to child gives the story freshness and immediacy for children. The illustrations are greeting-card pretty, with a contemporary palette including lavender and lime green. This Santa is on the short side, befitting the "jolly old elf" of the text, and his smiling demeanor wouldn't give a spying child anything at all to dread. He is shown on the cover in his sleigh, his team of reindeer in flight along a path of sparkly stars that indicate their magical power. This is a serviceable edition of the time-tested Christmas classic, with pages of sturdy, coated paper that will stand up to heavy use. The illustration style is simple enough to use this as a first introduction to the story for young preschoolers. Not an exceptional edition of the poem but an accessible one. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601302618
Publisher:
Usborne
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Series:
Recordable Bks
Pages:
12
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
3 Years

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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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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.