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The Twelve Days of Christmas


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A truly perfect version of the much-loved festive song, The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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Jane Ray's truly exquisite artwork has gained acclaim both in the UK and internationally. She is one of the most talented and distinctive illustrators in the children's book world and regularly exhibits her work at various galleries. In 1992, she won the 6-8 category of the Smarties Prize with The Story of Creation. The Story of Christmas was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award, and A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. Jane's recent books for Orchard include the delightful and original fairy tale The Apple-Pip Princess and the touching The Dolls' House Fairy. Jane lives in London.


Ray brings a 1920s aesthetic to this classic carol with her elegant tableaus. A scarlet-haired young woman, who lives in a brownstone building on a busy riverside street, receives daily unexpected deliveries, care of her true love. As the snow falls outside, her gentle aviary grows (not appearing the slightest bit inconvenienced, she slumbers surrounded by six geese a-laying). Nine ladies dressed in furs and cloche hats dance the Charleston as they pass by on a festive boat, and on the 12th day, the woman's true love arrives carrying a single rose. A finely detailed and nostalgic interpretation. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

K-Gr 5-On a busy city street in the 1920s, a young woman's "true love" pulls out all the stops in this appealing version of the traditional song. Day by day, her tiny row house fills up with birds and cows, lords and ladies, and pipers and drummers (with pipes and drums from all over the world), and of course five golden rings. She takes all the ensuing chaos in stride, and, of course, her true love shows up on the doorstep as a grand finale. Ray's intricate illustrations offer a wealth of details to explore up close. The images are slightly busy for sharing with a large group, but irresistible for a smaller group or one-on-one. A very nice version indeed.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

A true Christmas classic to be enjoyed again and again. - BooksellerBeautifully detailed illustrative style... a wonderful take on the story. - JuniorRay's luscious, lively version of the famous song is one to give your true love, whether 3 or 30. - TimesA beautifully illustrated version of this story. - Early Years EducatorStunning images... a feast of delicious colour and pattern. - Sunday Times

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