An exquisite book, too fragile for general handling, and with an appeal that is perhaps at an adult level- or anyhow at the...

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

An exquisite book, too fragile for general handling, and with an appeal that is perhaps at an adult level- or anyhow at the level when appreciation of folk material is beginning. A traditional Old English song -- in the House that Jack Built pattern, with each stanza built on the verses that have preceded it- was long sung in connection with the twelfth night celebrations. Each of the twelve days has its gift, and by the time the twelfth day brings its gift of twelve drummers drumming, the young audience will be chanting gaily the accumulation of gifts from the days before. A counting book, this, and a book where recognition of additions to the accumulation of gifts pictures opposite each text page makes a sort of game for the younger members of the family. The music of the song is printed at the end.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1949