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'Twas the Day Before Christmas Hardcover – September 11, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (September 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525478167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525478164
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 3–On December 24, 1822, Papa Clement Moore is charged with a special task by his six-year-old daughter–to write a Christmas surprise for the family. As he ventures out into the snow for a long sleigh ride to the market, the man ponders the story he will tell and how he will write it to bring the joy and wonder of [his] childhood Christmases to his children. The slow measured text leads up to Moore's classic poem and gently conveys the author's imagined process while imparting some history of the holiday. Bettoli's folk-art-style illustrations evoke the period with warmth and charm, and the bright colors and stiff poses are nicely placed with lots of white space and tiny borders to give a vintage feel to the narrative. The gentle story is strangely compelling and involving, especially since readers know just what the special surprise will be. The full text of the poem is included. While not essential, this charming work will appeal to teachers and others looking to extend holiday lessons in a creative way.–Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
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As fresh as new snow, this provenance for the inspiration and writing of the classic poem explains how the holiday rhyme originated. Moore promised his daughter Charity he would write a special surprise for his six children for Christmas, but on December 24, when Moore’s wife sent him to buy another turkey for dinner, he still didn’t have any words in his head. Ring-ting-tinglings from his sleigh trip to the outdoor market sparked the ideas for the poem’s details. Colorful, homey illustrations appear influenced by Tomie dePaola’s style and offer a nostalgic viewpoint of the early days of Manhattan. The full poem is included and set off with green borders. Though the blurb claims the account is based on research, there are unfortunately no sources, author’s note, or even CIP data to authenticate the story’s history. Still, it’s an enjoyable, behind-the-curtain look at the classic rhyme. Grades K-3. --Julie Cummins

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I found this book last year at an Ollie's. I am something of a collector of Christmas storybooks. This is one of the best for kids ever! Wonderful and true story that will inspire young writers realize thast good writing takes time, heart and inspiration. Made me have a new appreciation for Clement Moore's poem. Equally sweet are the illustrations which remind me of one of my favorite illustrators Tomie dePaola.Delana Bettoli has a similar style, but seems to add more dainty details. The entire book is well done and just delightful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Moore on December 28, 2012
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This is a heartwarming story, beautifully illustrated and well told. It is a unique story and sure to be a classic children's book.

Like Clement Moore, I once wrote Christmas poems (verses might be a better word) for the kids in my extended family. My poems depicted a hobby or an interest the child enjoyed during the year.

What better interest than the night before Christmas? As "my kids" are now grown, I give this "keeper" book to their children to enjoy and to past down to the next generation.

I live in West Virginia, and the author, Brenda Seabrooke, also lived in West Virginia. This connection is not lost on my little West Virginia reading-relatives. Who knows? They might just become a poet or a writer thanks to the story of Clement Moore as told by Brenda Seabrooke.
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