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The Navy's night before Christmas
Holland, Trish, author.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : A Golden Book, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, 26 cm
"A visit from the Santa of sailors on an aircraft carriers is a Christmas favorite of families who have a loved one serving in the military"--Page 4 of cover.
General Note:
Based on Clement Moore's "Night before Christmas".
Reading Level:
AD 650 Lexile.

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This story, written for military families, is about a visit from "the Santa of Sailors" to those who can't be home for Christmas.
'Twas the night before Christmas, when way out to sea
Not a creature was stirring to windward or lee.
The sailors were nestled all snug in their racks
Like orders of pancakes, so tight were the stacks.
One Christmas Eve out at sea, some homesick sailors are paid a visit by Master Chief Claus, the Santa of Sailors. This lively and poignant tale was inspired by Clement C. Moore's classic yuletide poem.

Author Notes

CHRISTINE FORD and TRISH HOLLAND co-authored the Golden titles The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas and Ocean's Child. Trish Holland has penned the Little Golden Books Lasso the Moon, Come Back, Zack! and I Can Do It!

JOHN MANDERS is a prolific illustrator of books for children. He most recently illustrated COWBOY CHRISTMAS for Golden Books, as well as THE SOLDIERS' NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A young sailor on lookout duty aboard an aircraft carrier narrates this tongue-in-cheek restaging of Clement Clarke Moore's poem, a companion to The Soldiers' Night Before Christmas. Holland and Ford swap out the chubby, bearded Santa for a brawny "Master Chief Claus," who arrives via a Greyhound cargo aircraft filled with presents. "A salty old dog, he was all chest and arm./ I bet he could bench-press a Jeep with no harm," gushes the narrator, before the Chief and his crew deliver gifts for the sleeping sailors: "Garcia and Washington, Collins and Yee,/ and Williams and Rubin, and Clark and Ali./ `Our mission tonight: to take care of our own,/ Bringing joy to our sailors with gifts straight from home.' " Manders's retro caricatures infuse the sailors with personality in this shipshape twist on a holiday favorite. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Spins on Clement C. Moore's "Night Before Christmas" are staples of the annual gift market. This one, like most, is full of awkward rhymes and riffs off the well-known poem, and the humor is geared to the target audience, in this case people in the Navy and/or those who love them. A little fun, a little silly, this version posits a Master Chief Claus (first name Santa) who lands his hornets and a sub full of SEALS on a ship far out to sea. Mission: deliver Christmas cheer. Final words: "Happy Christmas brave sailors! May peace come to all!" Can't argue with that, but librarians should know that the audience for this title is limited.-Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.