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The Teddy Bears' Night before Christmas
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863.
Uniform Title:
Night before Christmas
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., [1999]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Photographs of the Kissenbear Family of teddy bears illustrate the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.
General Note:
"Cartwheel Books."
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Holiday
PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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'Twas the night before Christmas ... Clement C. Moore's timeless poem comes to life as never before with lushly staged, dazzling photographs of the Kissenbear Family. Each scene is brimming with toys and details inviting teddy bear fans of all ages to share in the warmth and good cheer of the holiday season.

Author Notes

Poet and Educator Clement Moore was born on July 15, 1770 in New York City, and was later educated at Columbia College.

Moore was a biblical scholar and professor at the Episcopal General Theological Seminary.

Moore is best known for his poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", better known in more modern times as "Twas the Night Before Christmas". In 2013 this same title became a New York Times High Profile Title.

Clement Moore died in Newport, Rhode Island on July 10, 1863.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. No traditional illustrations here. Stevenson, a photographer, has used stuffed animals, snowy backgrounds, little knickknacks, and toys to narrate the familiar poem. The acknowledgments thank a whole list of helpers: the bear maker, the prop master, the scene designer, the costumer, and others. All their work results in delightful two-page spreads that seem real enough to touch. Each of the figures is adorable, but particularly cute is the Teddy Santa, who wears a red-checked suit, sports a curly beard, and carries a corduroy bag of toys. Little kids especially will be intrigued by this--as will adults, who'll look closely to catch all the details. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Visions of I Spy may dance through young readers' heads when they see these photos of the Kissenbear family awaiting a visit from Jolly Old St. Nick√ĄStevenson's crisp, colorful world of toys suggests the work of Walter Wick. Kids (and older toy lovers, especially) will delight in the handmade teddy bears and the flying reindeer. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-The traditional poem is given the teddy-bear treatment in this playful, oversized picture book. Bright, carefully placed, full-color photo collages depict a family of dressed-up teddies in a charming, wintry house; plush-toy reindeer on the rooftop; and a dapper, if slightly furry St. Nick. While most libraries are well stocked with the poem, this "Kissenbear Family" adventure will appeal to young listeners, especially those with a soft spot for bears.-A.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.