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Twelve Days: A Christmas Countdown Hardcover – October 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Snell (Thicker Than Water) tracks the rhyme scheme to "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in a modern-day variation featuring a girl, one "star-topped little pine tree" and an ensuing plethora of ornaments. O'Malley (Halloween Pie) supplies the fun as his pictures work out just how the little tree stays able to support all those baubles: he shows the narrator's father inflating the tree with a bicycle pump, and, with a little holiday magic, transports the whole shebang to the North Pole. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-In this amusing twist on the traditional song, the gifts that a child's parents bestow on her begin in a practical vein as decorations for the Christmas tree: two candy canes, three nice mice, four teddy bears, and so forth. As the gifts become bigger and more numerous, Dad must make the tree larger and larger (he pumps it up with what looks like a bicycle pump), until it is so big that the house disappears, the white sheet under it becomes a snowy landscape, with the family outside in a wintry wonderland. The gifts then escalate to 10 live red-nosed reindeer and 11 eager elves. Parents and child delight in the increasing madness of carting down the decorations and getting them onto the tree, and at the end the little girl gets a ride in Santa's sleigh. Was it all a dream? Maybe. The inspired lunacy of O'Malley's illustrations will work with larger groups, and plenty of funny details will invite readers to take a closer look.-M. A.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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