The Twelve Days of Christmas in Washington


What could be a more perfect place to spend Christmas than the tree-filled “Evergreen State”? Max has a festive time seeing a pod of killer whales, yodeling in an Alpine village tucked high in the mountains, shopping for gifts at Pike's Place Market, and going right to the top of the Space Needle!
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What could be a more perfect place to spend Christmas than the tree-filled “Evergreen State”? Max has a festive time seeing a pod of killer whales, yodeling in an Alpine village tucked high in the mountains, shopping for gifts at Pike's Place Market, and going right to the top of the Space Needle!
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—The traditional song retold with some local flair. In Colorado, the fifth day brings "five golden nuggets." In Washington, it's "five golden trout" tossed by the vendors at the Pike Place Market. However, in addition to state-appropriate gifts for each day, the authors have provided a lot of additional bits of information in letters written by a local child and a visiting cousin to family members back home and in back matter including bulletin boards filled with posters of local attractions and celebrities. While these could be the basis for state reports, the Christmas packaging might make them a hard sell for children looking for nothing but the facts. The basic texts can be read or sung to the traditional tune.—Virginia Walter, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Kirkus Reviews

This geographically based series with a "Twelve Days of Christmas" structure continues with the latest entry set in Washington State.

A boy named Max is visiting his cousin Molly and her parents at their houseboat in Seattle for the Christmas season. The format places a letter from Max to his parents with the details of the group's travels around the state on each left-hand page. On the facing pages, the "Twelve Days of Christmas" parody unfolds with all the gifts that Max received from his cousin, beginning with a welcoming gift of a goldfinch in a hemlock tree and ending with 12 boats a-blinking at the annual parade of Christmas ships. Lots of interesting sights, sounds and events are described in Max's letters home, and additional facts and trivia about the state are included in a concluding two-page bulletin-board spread. Brief biographies of famous Washington residents and a note about Mt. St. Helens are also included. Cheery illustrations of Max and Molly enjoying their travels skillfully accommodate the busy format.

Younger children who are not ready for all the information in the letters will enjoy just singing along with the clever parody, while older kids will appreciate Max's witty writing style.(Picture book. 3-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402770685
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/4/2011
  • Series: The Twelve Days of Christmas in America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,028,932
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Abbot Nez is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including One Smart Cookie (Albert Whitman, 2006) and Cromwell Dixon's Sky-Cycle (Putnam, 2009), which Booklist said had “tremendous kid appeal… delightful.” John lives in Seattle, Washington.
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