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"On the first day of Christmas,/ My true love gave to me/ A partridge in a pear tree." A straightforward beginning to a carol that grows increasingly complicated as both the list of presents and the numbers involved accumulate. Brett's lavish treatment of the song portrays various levels of meaning; she has illustrated the fantastic gifts in outrageous splendor (seven swans swim in folkloric Russian headdresses), turned them into a border of tree decorations, included a menagerie of animals carrying banners with "Merry Christmas" in different languages, and set into the outer edges of each page an ongoing story about a family's preparations for the big day itself. In the final frame, the decorated tree serves as the centerpiece for their own caroling. The artist demonstrates, once again, that she will not relinquish a project before every last glorious detail is in place; the clarity of her vision is stunning.
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A warm book to the touch." The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Board book edition.See all Editorial Reviews
My wife wanted to pick this one up, primarily for the quality of the illustrations. They are absolutely exquisite, presenting a gorgeous view of the components of each of the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reggie L. Oyler
I like Jan Brett as an author as well as an illustrator. I have read several of her books and have liked each of them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by PeggySmith
Jan Brett always delivers beautiful books, and this one is one of our favorites. Our granddaughter loves to read this and sings the words every time she comes for a sleep-over... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laurel Gaskill
What a beautiful book! There is so much going on in every page. Typical Jan Brett, stories within a story. This was a huge hit for my toddlers during The Christmas season. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kwgotrik
I bought a few copies to give to friends at a 12th Night Party. They have lovely pictures and were a big hit.Published 8 months ago by Theresa G. Wright
This book is excellent. Jan Brett's illustrations are detailed and beautiful. The back page of the book gives a very detailed explanation about the history of the 12 days of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Danielle L. Carr