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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2001
I debated whether or not this book was worth the price, since we already owned and loved Jan Brett's The Wild Christmas Reindeer and I wasn't familiar with the other six stories in this edition. But after reading the glowing editorial reviews on this site, I ordered it anyway.
From the day it arrived at our house three weeks ago, it has been my two-year-old daughter's favorite possession. She begs me several times a day to read it to her, and I gladly comply. We stretch out on the bed with this oversize book across our laps, and happily journey to Jan Brett's magical world of snow, elves, reindeer, trolls, and Christmas joy. Most of the double-page spreads are a feast for the eyes.
I particularly enjoy The Twelve Days of Christmas and The Night Before Christmas. The illustrations in the former are charming, e.g., "the three French hens" are gussied up in Marie Antoinette gowns and white pompadour wigs, the "eleven ladies dancing" are flamenco dancers in vivid reds and pinks. The latter is set in a beautiful Victorian home and illustrated with amazingly intricate detail and brilliant colors.
As one who revels in wintry weather, I'm sure I will enjoy escaping into this book all year round, especially when it's hot and humid outside. I tell my daughter to "be very careful" when she handles this book, as I hope to still have it around when I am an old lady. To me, it's an heirloom.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2001
Come spend the holiday season with Jan Brett. This magnificent oversized collection of her best, and your favorite Christmas stories celebrates the magic and joy of the holiday season through words and art. From The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble With Trolls, and The Twelve Days Of Christmas, to The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas, each tale is filled with the love and warmth of timeless, endearing characters, and exquisitely expressive artwork, that will mesmerize both young and old as they pore over all the brilliant detail. These are classic stories to be shared and savored by everyone in the family, again and again, year after year; a feast for both the eyes and ears that brings the glory of winter and the holidays to your home.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2003
The treasury contains 5 of Jan Brett's stories including The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas. Jan Brett's illstrations are very bright, colorful and detailed. This is our favorite winter book. My oldest daugther age 5, continues to find details in the borders and pictures of these wonderful books. Jan Brett is one of the best children's writers and illustrations ever! She also has a wonderful Web site to enjoy!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2002
This big, bountiful treasury of Christmas stories by talented author and illustrator Jan Brett brings the full over-sized glory of seven beloved wintry tales together in one colorful book. The best-selling books that are included in this treasury are The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas. Brett's signature bold details and bright colors bring the Scandinavian traditions and style, typical of her work, magically to life. Reindeer and big Malamute dogs, mischievous trolls, hedegehogs, and children have adventures in the snowy North that will have you turning the pages all through the winter holidays. This is indeed a treasury and should not be missed. The stories are fun and full of action and the illustrations are second to none. This book is a lovely investment destined to be a family tradition that can be passed down through the generations, creating memories as it goes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2002
This book was one of the best book purhases that I have ever made for our family. Well worth the price, when you consider the cost of six hardback books separately. My now-seven-year old son and I have had a Christmas tradition of purchasing a new Christmas book for us to read together every year. Since this Treasury came out, the tradition has changed to buying a new Jan Brett book every year.
The stories and pictures are fantastic, but our favorite part about the Jan Brett book experience is looking for Hedgie the Hedgehog to make his appearance in each book. He's there, you just have to look! Try this with your little one. You're sure to have a great time, and maybe start a new tradition with your family!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2002
I have loved Jan Bretts work for some time. I was very excited about this collection, but the price was too high. I finally bit the bullet & it has been a wonderful addition to our collection. My 2.5 yr old loves to look @ the pictures as well as to have the stories read. I plan to buy this for all my nieces & nephews as my money supply allows. A great way to start a Christmas book collection
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2005
Though it's been many years since my childhood I still can't wait until Christmas to bring out my Christmas books and Jan Brett's illustrations and renditions of classic stories like the Night Before Christmas and the 12 Days of Christmas and her own recreations of Swedish Folklore are where my holidays begin every year. This is must for any lover of Christmas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2007
This is a beautiful collection of Jan Brett favorites. The artwork alone is amazing, but the stories make the book even more precious. We love how the drawings tell a story within the story.

Anyone who loves Jan Brett, Christmas or children (or all three!) must have this collection! It is definitely worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon October 23, 2013
We've had this book for over ten years and it still remains a seasonal favorite. The stories are warm, sweet, and familiar...but the thing that draws me in is that each page is a total treat for the eyes. Every page (and I do mean "every") is filled with eye candy. The illustrations go above and beyond by adding in detailed borders, scroll work, and extravagant lettering along with the artistic depictions that follow the storyline. Albeit in a more happy-childlike way, it reminds me of the exquisite, beautifully-detailed "Illuminated Manuscripts" painstakingly created by monks in the middle centuries...nearly every spot on the page is decorated to catch your eye.

The stories within the book are short and sweet...and sure to become favorites of your children (if they aren't already). They are The Mitten, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Trouble with Trolls, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Hat, Christmas Trolls, and The Night Before Christmas.

I love that we had this book through most of our kids' childhoods. Books can be a wonderful part of creating happy family memories. It's definitely a tradition in our home and a Christmas Treasure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2005
Jan Brett is our favorite children's author. The story telling is superb and the illustrations are beautiful. A must-have for any Christmas library.
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