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Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

by Rachel Griffin
     
 

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A sparkling version of the popular Christmas song, in a new edition with beautiful fabric illustrations by Rachel Griffin and notes on the festival and the history of the song.

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A sparkling version of the popular Christmas song, in a new edition with beautiful fabric illustrations by Rachel Griffin and notes on the festival and the history of the song.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thanks to Griffin's (The Fabrics of Fairy Tale) luxuriously appliqu d and embroidered collages and handmade-paper constructions, the 12 days of Christmas here add up to a visual feast. Sequins, beads, buttons, richly dyed fabrics and more embellish these spreads in celebration of the traditional carol about true love and creative gift-giving. A CD recording of the song performed by British vocalist Caroline Butler. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This offbeat version of the popular song has limited child appeal. Against backgrounds of turquoise, magenta, and purple fabrics, the familiar lyrics are printed alongside highly embellished appliqu d and needlework illustrations. Eastern motifs or themes are incorporated, such as "ten pipers piping" pictured as turbaned snake charmers and "five gold rings" on the trunk and legs of an elephant. Collections containing versions by Dorothee Duntze (North-South, 1992; o.p.) or Vladimir Vagin (HarperCollins, 1999), both identically titled, can skip this offering.-S. P. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Eye-popping colors in neon brights and jewel tones serve as the backgrounds for these creative collage illustrations by Griffin (The Fabrics of Fairy Tale, not reviewed), who adds contemporary flair to the old Christmas song. For her fabric-art illustrations, Griffin used beads, buttons, sequins, shells, mirrors, faux jewels, and a wide variety of fabrics and trimmings combined with embroidery details to create her images for each day of gift-giving. Some of the concepts are traditional, such as the single partridge in a pear tree; others are more unusual, like Griffin’s idea of five golden rings--bracelets around an elephant’s legs and trunk. This celebration circles the globe: her drummers are African with African fabrics worked into the design; her pipers are Middle Eastern snake charmers playing traditional instruments; and the maids a-milking and ladies dancing include women of color. A large decorated numeral begins each double-page spread on the left side, and the words describing each cumulative gift addition are added in a different typeface for even more visual interest. Children will like the dynamic colors, varied design elements, and tiny details; adult quilters and needle crafters will be drawn to Griffin’s undeniable artistic flair. A CD of the Christmas song is included. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841489407
Publisher:
Barefoot Books
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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