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Title:
Twelve days : a Christmas countdown
Author:
Snell, Gordon.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York] : HarperCollins, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Summary:
In this adaptation of the traditional English folk song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas, " a child's parents provide an increasing number of items to decorate a little pine tree.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780060289546

9780060289553
Format :
Book

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On the first day of Christmas, my parents gave to me: A star-topped little pine tree. On the second day of Christmas, my parents gave to me: Two candy canes to hang on my little pine tree. Hey, wait a minute! That's not how "The Twelve Days of Christmas" goes! In Twelve Days, Gordon Snell brings a modern perspective to a much-loved carol, while Kevin O'Malley's illustrations rill each page to the brim with boundless good cheer. This new countdown to Christmas overflows with holiday decorations as a family joyfully empties the attic to deck their halls. A dash of Christmas magic unexpectedly turns a quiet tree-trimming party into a larger-than-life adventure, complete with a trip to the North Pole and a visit from Santa. Start a new holiday tradition with this warm and wacky Christmas fantasy.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.