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The Twelve Days of Christmasby Gennady Spirin
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is sung in churches, houses, and concert halls throughout the Christmas season. It would be hard to imagine a Christmas celebration without it. From the partridge in the pear tree to the five golden rings to the twelve drummers drumming, carolers enjoy taking turns singing different verses. Gennady Spirin’s sumptuous paintings bring new life and spectacular beauty to this classic song, making it a gift to be treasured at Christmastime. An Illustrator’s Note is included which addresses the song’s origin and history.
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"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a well known Christmas-season song. It adds some dose of levity the twelve days between the Christmas day, December 25th, and the Epiphany on January 6th. Its origins are unknown, but in its familiar form can be traced to the late eighteenth century. It's an amusing song that might have been part of a game at some point. The gifts that are given seem quaint and even ridiculous, especially by today's standards. This ridiculousness was probably intended and the point of this song all along. This books brings forth soem really remarkable, rich illustrations that go a long way to help us visualize the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas." The illustrations are vivid and very detailed. They are as beautiful as you will find in a children's book. However, there is not much to the book content-wise. It just contains the words of the song and the illustrations, with the sheet music and a brief history at the end. The illustrations help you visualise the sheer ridiculousness of the gifts given. If they were real they would not fit in anywhere but a royal court. (Or one of the Donald Trump's buildings. But I repeat myself.) If you tend to play "The Twelve days of Christmas" at your home, then this book may help your little ones get a nice visual treat to go along. But on its own, aside from the illustrations, I don't find this book very interesting.
A familiar theme, and song associated with Christmas: This one presented by Gennady Spirin. I had to add it to my collection of Twelve Days of Christmas books. Any book illustrated by Gennady Spirin is a treasure. Mr. Spirin's art always has a luminous quality, reminiscent of the Renaissance. The colors are lovely. This is the book to get.