Beloved for 200 years, Clement Clarke Moore’s treasured poem The Night Before Christmas has taught countless children about the magic of jolly St. Nick as he comes to each house on Christmas Eve. With modern illustrations and a Christmas mouse search-and-find element, this stunning picture book will delight young and old for years to come.
|Product dimensions:||9.10(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
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Steph Lew is a artist from San Francisco. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BFA in Animation/Illustration and has done work ranging from concept to production for Nickelodeon, EA, and Zynga. She is currently a freelance illustrator. When she's not drawing, she's usually taking pictures of her shih tzu, Mango.
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The Night Before Christmas
By Barbara Reid, Clement C. Moore
ALBERT WHITMAN & CompanyCopyright © 2013 Barbara Reid
All rights reserved.
'Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung
by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas
soon would be there.
The children were nestled
all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums
danced in their heads;
And Mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing
of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
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