Dec 272018

Twas the Night before Christmas (Enhanced Edition with Original Illustrations): Magic Winter Literature

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith

Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Series: Holiday Classics
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0544325249
ISBN-13: 978-0544325241

Everyone knows the famous beginning to this beloved holiday poem: “’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house . . .” Clement Moore’s poem was written in 1822 and has been a holiday classic ever since. This edition, with gorgeous illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith, was first published in 1912 and is considered by many to be the definitive version of the story.
This lovely tale is now a part of the Folk Tale Classics series, with gold foil stamping on the cover and full-color illustrations throughout. A beautiful and affordable edition of a classic, this book deserves a place in every child’s library!

I remember one of my parent or one of my sisters reading this book to me every Christmas when I was young. I still can recite it from memory. To me, it just didn’t seem like Christmas without this book and a few movies that we watched every year like Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

This is a short book that can be read in just a few minutes, and even though it’s geared toward children 4-7 years old, I’m sure many adults would love it. I love the cover and illustrations.

For me, this is a must read for Christmastime.

Counts toward the following challenge:
2018 Christmas Spirit Challenge

 Posted by at 3:28 PM

  10 Responses to “Book Review:
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore”

  1. This Christmas book sounds wonderful, Vicki! I watched Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas when I was growing up.

    I hope you had a beautiful Christmas. I’ve been away from blogging, due to a trip, but am back now. I hope to post a year end meme before too long.

    • I’ve been keeping up with your trip to Japan (I’m so jelly) on Instagram. My family wants to visit there in the next few years. My brother and his family lived there for 3 years when he was in the Marines. They all loved it!

  2. I love family traditions! Hope your Christmas was wonderful.

  3. That brings back memories, great book. I should buy that one for my granddaughter. She will be 5 in February.

    By the way, you mentioned you might watch Love, Actually after I posted about it. Just wanted to warn you there is some language there and not all story lines are believable 🙂
    But I sure love Colin Firth!

  4. Doubtless this is one of the most influential Christmas books of all time even though it really has no religious element to it. But then again, at the time it was written, if I remember correctly, most conservative Christians balked at any Christmas celebration. History is most instructive and most important to help us understand who we are and how we got here.

  5. So cute and the perfect book for this time of year.

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