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Nice pictures, but...,
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This review is from: The Twelve Days of Christmas (Hardcover)
I bought this book because 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is one of my son's favorite songs. I love the illustrations, they're beautifully done. However, the order of the lines appears to be an older form (and somewhat less standard now). The way I've always heard it sung was 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing... this book has the lords and ladies first, then the drummers and the pipers. I realize that this sounds like a funny gripe, but little kids can get really focused on something being in the 'right' order and since this version is going to differ from the way kids hear it sung, it has the potential to bug them.
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Initial post: Dec 4, 2013 2:09:09 PM PST
S. Lancaster says:
It is especially significant when you consider that the song was originally used to teach doctrine during the Dark Ages, at a time when Catholicism was illegal in England. Rearranging the order destroys the historical significance of this song.
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