The Night before Christmas: A Visit From St. Nicholas
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
- Number Of Items:1
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- Dimensions (in):11.3 x 9.3 x 0.4
- Publication Date:September 7, 1999
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It is the night before Christmas. Every tree in the little Christmas tree lot has been sold--except one. The owner and his child lock up, then trudge through the snow to their house nearby; the family settles in for a "long winter's nap" . . . and the familiar verse about the most exciting night of the year begins. In this edition of "A Visit from St. Nicholas"--word for word the original verse by Clement C. Moore--the gifts of Christmas are shared with everyone, right down to the last little tree left alone in the snow-filled lot on Christmas Eve.
Whose tiny faces are peeking out from Santa's golden sleigh? Yikes! It's two of Santa's elves who are Christmas Eve stowaways. Beloved illustrator Jan Brett's version of The Night Before Christmas lets these two mischievous elves add their rambunctious spirit to this familiar 1823 rhyming story. Here, Santa and his reindeer land on the snowy roof of a Victorian mansion in New England. While Santa delivers the toys inside, the elves and the reindeer frolic around the lawn, as a pig (earmarked for a girl named Jan) and a few alphabet blocks spill out of sacks into the snow. Santa swiftly reins in the mischief-makers and "away they all flew like the down on a thistle." Brett's richly illustrated borders are lavishly decorated with antique toys, ornaments, and sweet treats, all surrounded with twisting golden ribbons. They also give us a window on the mansion's inhabitants, including the children watching Santa's departure in awe. A sugarplum of a Christmas story, just right for a reading before "a long winter's nap." (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations ©1998 by Jan Brett. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 3 to 6) --Marcie Bovetz
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