TWELVE DAYS by Gordon Snell

TWELVE DAYS

A Christmas Countdown
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Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Snell (Thicker Than Water, 2001, etc.) provides new words to the old Christmas song of “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” with a more modern theme that may be more accessible to today’s children. For the first day of Christmas a little girl’s parents give her “a star-topped little pine tree,” which fits the rhythm of “a partridge in a pear tree” neatly. On subsequent days they offer decorations for the tree, and as the ornaments increase in size, so does the tree, dad pumping it up as the surrounding decorations changing shape as well. For the last few days of the song, the house has fallen away and the tremendously tall tree is outside, where it is surrounded by nine smiling snowmen, 10 red-nosed reindeer, 11 eager elves, and 12 Christmas angels. In the final two spreads, Santa himself arrives, giving the little girl a ride in his sleigh. O’Malley (Little Buggy, 2002) hides some clever details in his illustrations, particularly in the first and last pages showing the little girl (still) asleep in her bedroom. Some of the items in her room are used as the decorations for the tree, and in the last illustration, Santa has left some little surprises for Christmas morning that children will delight in spotting. This offers lots of possibilities for Christmas story times, using the music or props or flannel-board pieces. Its magical illustrations definitely call for repeat readings. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-06-028954-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2002




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