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'Twas the Night Before Christmas
     

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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by Clement C. Moore, Mike Artell (Illustrator)
 

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Relive a magical moment from The Wind in the Willows and follow Santa Claus down the chimney in A Visit from St. Nicholas. These and other best-loved Christmas tales, poems, and carols come to life through Kevin Hawkes's glowing paintings in A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems. This keepsake collection is perfect for family story hours and

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Relive a magical moment from The Wind in the Willows and follow Santa Claus down the chimney in A Visit from St. Nicholas. These and other best-loved Christmas tales, poems, and carols come to life through Kevin Hawkes's glowing paintings in A Christmas Treasury: Very Merry Stories and Poems. This keepsake collection is perfect for family story hours and will cheer hearts for many Christmases to come.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the elegant paper-over-board 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas by Moore, illus. by Jessie Willcox Smith, the 19th-century artist's pen-and-ink spot art graces four lines of text on the left of each oblong spread, while silhouetted full-color paintings appear on the right. This is a beauty. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-An ideal showcase for Hawkes's artistic abilities. The collection contains three traditional pieces ("Jolly Old Saint Nicholas," "The Friendly Beasts," and "A Visit from St. Nicholas"); an excerpt from The Wind in the Willows; and a story by Albert Bigelow Paine, "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn." The dense text may be better suited to family sharing than independent reading. Full-color paintings are lush and luminous with lots of clever details. However, with its limited number of selections, this title may not be a first choice for libraries looking for holiday anthologies. Michael Forman's Christmas Treasury (Pavilion, 2000) is a far more comprehensive volume.-T. T. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hawkes (Handel Who Knew What He Liked, p. 1352, etc.) illustrates this large-format anthology of Christmas stories and poems with his luminous, detail-filled paintings featuring muffler-wrapped field mice, a comical dog in a Santa suit, and a traditional St. Nicholas traveling across a midnight-blue sky. A selection from The Wind in the Willows finds Mole and Rat returning to Mole's house, where they are serenaded by a troop of caroling mice who are then invited in for a delectable holiday feast. "Christmas at the Hollow Tree Inn" by Albert Bigelow Paine tells the story of an enterprising dog who plays Santa Claus for his circle of animal friends, and Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" completes the collection with old-fashioned illustrations of a snowy New England village. The Christmas carols included are "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" and "The Friendly Beasts." No new ground is broken in this volume, but Hawkes's illustrations are appealing, especially his costumed animal characters, and readers will be drawn to the attractive cover with the title in raised golden letters. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689718014
Publisher:
Little Simon
Publication date:
10/28/1994
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.24(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Jessie Wilcox Smith (September 6, 1863 - May 3, 1935) was a prolific illustrator of magazines and children's books. She was a frequent contributor to Ladies Home Journal. A student of Howard Pyle, some of her best-known work for children includes Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies.

Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 - July 10, 1863) was a writer and professor and is credited with writing "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for his children. Originally published anonymously on December 23rd, 1823, the poem that would come to be known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was responsible for the creation of the Santa Claus myth as it is known in the United States and much of the English-speaking world. 

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Twas the Night Before Christmas 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in this book. Bought it for my 3 year old grandson. Thought it would be fun to read during the Holidays, what a bummer it turned out to be. Even though description talked about illustrations there were none. Hard to keep a little one interested without pictures. Would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twas the nightvis bad there is no picture they need to change that part so klds read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely children¿s poem about a man who hears Santa Claus on his rooftop on Christmas Eve. The story is told in verse and warms my heart every time I hear it. I love to read this poem to my children at Christmas. They always try to remember the names of the reindeer just as Santa calls them out. It is a wonderful book to read and to share. This poem was written by Clement Clarke Moore. He was born on July 15, 1779 and passed away on July 10, 1863. He died at home in his Newport home in Rhode Island. He is now buried in New York ay the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery. One of his daughters Mary C. Moore Ogden illustrated his poem in a book called A Visit From St. Nicholas c 1995. Moore, Clement Clarke, `Twas The Knight Before Christmas. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2002. Reading Level 4.3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My eight year old son had a great time reading this book. He read it the first night of advent and every night there after until Christmas Day. The illustrations on every page really added to the poem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 person gave it a thumps up. another person said omg i love that book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have the book in paper.
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I dont know anything about this book but what im seeing so far is that it has no pictures. If it doesnt then I wouldnt recommend this!
GrandmomCathy50 More than 1 year ago
We gave this recordable book as a Christmas gift for our almost 2 year old niece. Her parents were delighted that they could record their voices reading this book, and that she could pretend to read it along with them. I must say it was a big hit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No pictures in it. Kind of sad. Dont buy it. It is not worth the money.
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We missed having some illustrations. A picture of Santa would have help. But you can't complain when a book is free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It dosent matter if it has no pis its just abour what christmas i really about it is a really nice book to read around the holidays!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont care if there is not pics ld just read for myself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story i want this for the holidays so i can read it to my family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't even show how the book looks like in side.
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I love this poem because it is about Christmas
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This is a text only version of the poem, prefaced by a short author bio and poem history. Should be free.
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