The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

by Jan Brett


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A centuries-old favorite holiday carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was one of the first to celebrate the secular tradition of gift-giving. But look closely at this version, sumptuously illustrated by Jan Brett, and you'll find not only the gifts of a suitor to his true love but a loving family's Christmas preparations, how to say "Merry Christmas" in eleven languages, and a vast array of charming woodland animals. Traditional folk motifs and exquisitely detailed artwork make this book a visual treat to be enjoyed time and time again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698115699
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 474,656
Product dimensions: 8.13(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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A warm book to the touch." The New York Times Book Review

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