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The Visit: The Origin of "The Night Before Christmas" Hardcover – October 28, 2013
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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.
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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.
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Author: Maek Kimball Moulton
Illustrated By: Susan Winget
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd
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.
I thought the story in verse was well done and engaging. It was a delight to see pieces of the famous poem embedded in the author’s experience the night of writing the poem, from the sleigh, to sugar plums to a kindly old woodman who was secretly leaving firewood for families. This woodman, who was “rotund and jolly,” had a white beard, was dressed in red coat, and was known for telling stories to the village children gathered round in the general store.
It was fun to me to discover that Clement Moore was a biblical scholar (he published a Hebrew-English Lexicon), and watching for echoes of the poem in Moore’s Christmas Eve outing was a delight. We had a lot of fun with this book and commend it to you.