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The Night Before Christmas Board book – July 1, 2010
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Clement C. Moore's beloved poem about Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve has been illustrated by hundreds of artists since its first publication in 1823. Two collectors of antique children's books have selected a variety of these charming pictures from Arthur Rackham, Jessie Willcox Smith, Thomas Nast, and other renowned children's illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of the images are from versions of the poem; a few are from antique postcards or magazines. Source notes for all the illustrations are included. Santa is dressed differently by each artist, but he is always "chubby and plump--a right jolly old elf" who brings joy to all good little girls and boys. This attractive edition of The Night Before Christmas will be enjoyed most by collectors of children's books or lovers of things Victorian. Youngsters who are already familiar with the poem will delight in comparing the different old-fashioned Santas and the children of long ago "nestled all snug in their beds." A charming holiday gift to leave under the tree on Christmas Eve for anyone who believes in the magic of Santa Claus. (Ages 5 to adult) --Marcie Bovetz --This text refers to an alternate Board book edition.
From Publishers Weekly
What Tavares's (Zachary's Ball) monochrome art for this famous poem may lack in seasonal palette, it more than makes up for in authenticity. The artist pays homage to the original text, incorporating the spellings and phrasings of 1823, the year in which the verse first appeared in a Troy, N.Y., newspaper. Stark yet lushly textured pencil drawings, recalling the work of Chris Van Allsburg, capture the mystery, surprise and anticipation of what many children consider the most magical night of the year. The finely wrought portraits and shadowy, snow-covered Victorian setting will enchant. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Board book edition.
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When I saw this book for free today I was so excited. When I saw the quality of Illustrations I squealed. This is one of my favorite Christmas Stories, and my High School Choir would sing it. Then I realized that it had been cut.
Stabbed by the censorship police. I do not proscribe to the thought that ideas that are no longer acceptable or are becoming unacceptable should be ripped from the bookshelves. If I did, I wouldn't own any Mark Twain, or some Agatha Christie. The authors of their times wrote with the ethos of their time, whether it has changed or not does not matter. They took their inspiration and put it to pen. We should respect that and their talent. A Santa Claus with a pipe will not cause millions of children to run out and take up the bowl.
So while I praise the artistry which I found amazing. In fact a couple of the pictures I thought I could just walk into. I cannot approve of censorship in any form.
While entirely appropriate for children, the stories are old-fashioned in values and attitude, so there are clear class distinctions, derogatory mentions of Jim Crow, and traditional gender roles. None of this was overwhelming (passing mentions and inferences, mostly), but if you're really sensitive to any of those things, you might want to give the book a once-over before reading it to your kids.
There is an active table of contents. There are a few scanning errors that appear like typos throughout the text.
Stories contained herein are:
The Night Before Christmas
The Night After Christmas
Santa Claus Does Not Forget
The Fairy Christmas
The Ball Game
The Doll's Christmas Party
Grandma's Christmas Gifts
Mama's Happy Christmas
The Christmas Carol of the Birds
A Turkey for One
Little Christmas Carollers
What Happened Christmas Eve
Susy's Christmas Present
Santa Claus's Letter
A Ragged Christmas Feast
I know these are picky points and the pictures are cute with a Disney-esque style, but there are hundreds of versions of this wonderful, classic poem. Don't waste your purchase on this one. Even if it is free.
The bright colorful pictures are very nicely done. They have a lot of details and plenty going on to entertain young kids. The story is a great classic for the Holidays. My niece is bothered by cigarette smoke. It makes her cough and she hates the smell. I don't even know if she has ever seen someone actually smoking a pipe. She would probably just say... yucky.. Santa is smoking. If you want your kids to experience the original then just find the original. We enjoyed this one so I am happy with it.