'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 0763631183
ISBN-13: 9780763631185
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'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Or Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas

authors: Matt Tavares; Anonymous
illustrator: Matt Tavares

Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" in the TROY SENTINAL in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus. Complemented by gorgeous monochrome illustrations that are meticulously true to pre-Victorian times, this definitive volume of 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, honoring the poem's original language, is now available in a compact gift edition.

"Lushly textured pencil drawings capture the mystery, surprise, and anticipation of . . . the most magical night of the year." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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0763631183 / 9780763631185
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Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
0 mos and up
# of pages/size:
32 / 7 1/4" x 8 1/2"
grade range:
Preschool and up
Classics; Holidays & Celebrations;
illustrator’s comments:
Matt Tavares is the author/illustrator of Zachary's Ball and Oliver's Game, as well as Jack and the Beanstalk by E. Nesbit. Of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas he says, "As a child, I would lie in bed, unable to sleep, listening carefully for any sign that Santa Claus and his reindeer might be on the roof. There were times when I was sure I heard sleigh bells. But I never saw him come down the chimney. Maybe someday..." Matt lives in Maine, USA.
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