Twelve Days: A Christmas Countdown

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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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About the Author:

Gordon Snell is the author of thirty children#146;s books in verse and in prose. He has also written song lyrics and librettos for musicals and operas and worked as a writer and interviewer for radio and television programs, mainly for the BBC. This is Snell#146;s first USA picture book. He lives near Dublin, Ireland with his wife, novelist Maeve Binchy.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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