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Hilary Knight's Twelve Days of Christmas
     

Hilary Knight's Twelve Days of Christmas

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by Hilary Knight
 

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What would you do with...
12 leaping lords,
22 dancing ladies,
30 fiddlers,
36 drummers,
40 milkmaids,
42 swans,
42 geese,
40 gold rings,
36 calling birds,
30 French hens,
22 turtle doves,
and 12 partridges in pear trees?

In this playful companion to Hilary

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What would you do with...
12 leaping lords,
22 dancing ladies,
30 fiddlers,
36 drummers,
40 milkmaids,
42 swans,
42 geese,
40 gold rings,
36 calling birds,
30 French hens,
22 turtle doves,
and 12 partridges in pear trees?

In this playful companion to Hilary Knight's The Owl and the Pussy-cat the presents never stop. When Bedelia Bear is faced with an accumulation of holiday offerings from her sweetheart, Benjamin, she turns her gifts into a very special event that everyone is able to share.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers can sing along to Hilary Knight's edition of The Twelve Days of Christmas (1981). A bear courts his beloved with a bevy of woodland gifts (the 12 frog "lords a-leaping" are especially noteworthy); a surprise awaits in a concluding foldout spread. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Knight's imagination and artistry infuse this version of the traditional song with a lively spirit. All ages. (September)
Children's Literature
Newly separated color art illustrates this reissue of Knight's 1980 playful Christmas offering. A country bear who lives in a modest cabin delivers gifts to his lady love Bedelia who lives in a big mansard-roofed house. While she goes about her holiday decorating, the birds, dancers, pipers and so forth pile up in their various locations until a gate-fold opens up to display what she's done¾put all the gifts, animals and otherwise, in a huge Christmas Fair. The vendors dispensing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from the circular tables they are wearing is especially ingenious. Throughout the pictures, a masked raccoon tries to open a metal can Bedeila has placed outside her door and finally does to find it filled with a present. It isn't clear whether that package contains a girl raccoon but it's likely. While Knight's pictures hold a certain kindly charm, other versions of the familiar song illustrated by Quentin Blake, Jan Brett or Howard Fine are more humorous, charming or interesting. 2001 (1980), Simon & Schuster, $17.00. Ages 4 to 9. Reviewer: Susan Hepler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689711503
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
03/07/1991
Edition description:
1st Aladdin Books ed
Pages:
34
Product dimensions:
6.92(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

Meet the Author

Hilary Knight began his career as a book illustrator in collaboration with Kay Thompson, producing in quick succession Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmastime, and Eloise in Moscow, and then with Lee Bennett Hopkins, Side by Side and Happy Birthday. His own books include Where's Wallace? and the recent reissue of Hilary Knight's The Owl and the Pussy-cat, based on the poem by Edward Lear. He is a contributing artist for Vanity Fair magazine, living and working in New York City and Long Island, not far from Roslyn, where it all began.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
November 1, 1926
Place of Birth:
Long Island, New York
Education:
Studied at the Art Student's League and the New York School of Interior Design

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Hilary Knight's Twelve Days of Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grown-ups and children in our family love this sweet love story. The pictures are beautiful and so interesting and detailed you could --and we do-- spend 10 minutes per page. This is not your typical, boring 12 days of Christmas poem--it is very imaginative, whimsical and just plain sweet.