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The Visit: The Origin of the Night Before Christmas Hardcover – October, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Ideals Publications (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824958594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824958596
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,156,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Mark Kimball Moulton graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture and has made his home in the northwestern hills of Connecticut. He finds his inspiration on long walks by the Farmington River and in the simplicity of Mother Nature. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

The story is charming, and the artwork is beautiful.
mountaingal
This book will become part of our Christmas every year from now on....a must for every home & every child no matter how old you are.....GREAT BOOK! :)
Joyce Martin
The Visit: The Origin of The Night Before Christmas is book that is kept and read as an annual family tradition.
DelAnne

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WiseColoradoConsumer on January 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was very sad to see that the 2003 Copyright is a shortened version of the original book, The Visit, 2001 Copyright. Portions have been deleted, and portions have been edited to change the words that were in the original version. I wanted to have two copies of this book because it would be easier to hold one and read out loud and have someone else hold the second one for the audience to see the pictures. The illustrations are excellent. Everyone that hears this story about how the poem, "The Night Before Christmas" came to be written, just loves it, especially older adults. I wish I could return the 2003 Copyright copy, because I cannot even give it as a gift knowing that the whole story is not there. Continue your search for a 2001 Copyright version, even if you must buy a used copy.
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By Valerie A. Baute on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the 2013 edition of the book that has been out for a few years. It is the story handed down generation to generation about how the famous poem came about. Clement C. Moore made it for his daughter that was sick in bed at Christmastime. He finally wrote it down 40 years later, shortly before his death. At the end of this book, you can see the full poem in Moore's handwriting.

This book is written in verse similar to "The Night Before Christmas" text. There are rhyming stanzas. It goes through the story of a child visiting her grandfather in New York City, seeing a large city from a child's eyes. Then, her grandfather tells her the story of how his grandfather came up with the famous poem. It explains parts of the story that aren't current, that many kids wouldn't understand now.

I enjoyed the story. It was sweet as well as educational. There were some amazing rhymes, similar to the original poem. I am a sucker for rhyming tales, and the rhymes in this one ranged from adequate to eloquent. At 54 pages, I felt the story was too long to be completely rhyming. It would have been better to tell the story and throw in some poetic pages.

There are a lot of aspects that make this book a winner and just a few that kept it from making the 5 star status. It is beautiful and mostly beautifully written. Some children, especially a little older ones, and many adults will treasure this story.

(Free ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review)
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By DelAnne on November 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Title: The Visit - The Origin Of the Night Before Christmas
Author: Maek Kimball Moulton
Illustrated By: Susan Winget
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd
Published: 10-28-2013
ISBN: 9780764345753
Pages: 50
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Most people have either read the poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore for his daughter or at least heard of it, but this beautifully illustrated goes even further and tells the legacy of the family's history of the poem as it was passed down through the family. The Visit: The Origin of The Night Before Christmas is book that is kept and read as an annual family tradition.

Young readers will love the illustrations and the older generation will appreciate the memories the story will bring. So next Christmas season tell the story of the first Christmas be sure to entertain the family with a story that has withstood the test of time and the history that goes with it. I adored the opportunity to read and review this book. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher, Schiffer Publishing LLC for loaning me the book, it was a pleasure to read and review.
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By SLR on November 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Iam an adult and considered giving this story as a gift for a younger person. I have decided to keep it and add it to my other Mark Moulton books. I will purchase several more for the little ones. This is the story, in poem, of how Clement Moore came to write THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. The story is mesmerizing but the art is more than special. Each very large page is beautifully illustrated by Susan Winget. Every page could be framed because they are so artfully done. At the end is the illustration of Clement Moore's handwritten offering of The Night Before Christmas dated 1862, one year before his death, along with his signature. What a wonderful gift to a child, to read Christmas Eve, in lieu of just the Santa poem. Iam deeply satisfied with this book and am happy to add it to my bookcase. The only thing better would be a signed copy. Any book-loving adult will treasure this book.
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Format: Hardcover
The Visit: The Origin of "The Night Before Christmas" by Mark Kimball Moulton is the poetic story of the origins of the most beloved holiday poem. Told through verse and traditionally styled illustrations, the tale revolves around the great-great-grandchildren of Clement C. Moore as they learn about the origins of "The Night Before Christmas" from their grandfather.

This book is charming and endearing beautifully blending history and Christmas tradition. It is sure to become a favorite book in your own holiday routine for years to come!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a truly beautiful book that must be read out loud, sitting by the fire or the Christmas tree. I was surprised at first to see the whole thing in rhyme, and reading it can be tedious. However, it's divided into sections, so maybe it could be read in parts. Otherwise, I'm not sure it would hold a child's attention, or an adult's voice could last that long (I lose mine quickly when reading out loud). It would make a great addition to the setting on the coffee table or under the tree during the holidays. The illustrations are beautiful.
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