Jan Brett's The Night Before Christmas

Jan Brett's The Night Before Christmas




As St. Nick and eight tiny reindeer descend through a brilliant night sky, the famous Christmas poem begins. The father narrates the words just as Clement Moore wrote them, and artist Jan Brett captures the spirit of the story in glorious illustrations. Visually she extends it for children who will delight in watching two mischievous stowaways from the North Pole enthusiastically exploring the sacks of gifts on the roof. St. Nick, inside the house, is unaware, until the toys spill down onto the lawn -- then he turns with a jerk, and sees them. Antique toys and exquisite ornaments frame the borders, in which the father, St.Nick, or the family cat and dog can be found watching the action. A unique and beautiful edition, which all the family will cherish for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399231902
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 - 8 Years

About the Author

Clement C. Moore (1779–1863), an American scholar and poet, first wrote The Night Before Christmas in 1822 to entertain his children. A friend submitted it to a local newspaper, The Troy Sentinel, where it was published on December 23, 1823. Moore's delightful description of St. Nicholas and his eight flying reindeer has since become the definitive portrait of Santa Claus.

Read an Excerpt

'Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung
by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas
soon would be there.

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ahernandez91 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Christmas classic that almost all children are familiar with. It is the night before Christmas and everything is closed, people are sleeping waiting for the arrival of Saint Nicholas. As a child I always loved Christmas books, the holiday cheer, the excitement, and the love- therefore I know in the classroom students will get antsy around the holidays. This would be a great book to read around Christmas, not only for fun, but for connecting it with the poetry and the rhymes that the book is all about. The acrylic illustrations are just beautiful and are sure the keep the readers attention.
mccin68 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful illustrations paired with the classic poem.
tterry6901 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book tells the story of Christmas Eve and how Santa creeps very quietly to deliver presents. The man in the story says that he hears him and he sees him fly away calling out his raindeer and telling everyone Merry Christmas!The story is a classic and is something I read to my family every year. The colors and pictures are very detailed and hopefully this will be a book I can pass down to my daughter.Children try and hold onto the fantasy of Santa Claus as long as possible and this book is very good at holding their spirits just a little longer.When reading this story it would be beneficial to really get the kids into the book. Read a little softer than normal and show excitement at the right places. If you really put your beliefs in the book you can really hold a child's hope just a little longer.
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This book was a school library book and my dog (english bulldog) ate it. It must have been very tasty!