The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

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A unique offering of a book and CD recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, America's most-loved holiday poem is now presented by one of the world's favorite musical groups and a best-selling artist.

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without a reading of Clement C. Moore's classic verse, which has brightened the season ever since it was first published in 1823. And now this heartwarming poem is more dazzling than ever before.

Acclaimed painter Eric Puybaret enchantingly captures the story's magic and wide-eyed wonder: a cozy home with stockings hung by a mantel; visions of sugarplums dancing in the dreams of sleeping children; a miniature sleigh pulled by eight prancing reindeer; and of course, jolly Santa, with his merry dimples and twinkling eyes, coming down the chimney with a bagful of toys.

Along with the beautiful book comes a specially created three-track musical and narrative CD, including Moore's tale stunningly set to music by Noel Paul Stookey, an enchanting reading by Mary Travers over a special score composed by Peter Yarrow with Peter and Noel joining Mary one last time in her final performance, plus the classic Peter, Paul and Mary holiday favorite, "A' Soalin." Families will gather together to read and listen and experience Moore's wondrous world as never before.
 

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Clement C. Moore is the author of A Visit from St. Nicholas (now more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas). He was born in 1779, and became a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at what is now Columbia University. The poem was first published in the New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823.Peter, Paul and Mary became famous for their ability to convey powerful personal and political messages through a repertoire of songs that resonated with millions of Americans in the 1960s. Their debut album, released in 1962, remained in the Top 10 for ten months, and the Top 20 for two years. Their first hit single, "Lemon Tree" was swiftly followed by "If I Had a Hammer," which became an anthem of the Civil Rights movement and was performed by the trio at the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his legendary "I Have a Dream" speech. Their classic song, "Puff, The Magic Dragon," has been a favorite of children for almost fifty years, and the book version was a number one bestseller. Over a span of more than fifty years, Peter, Paul and Mary touched the lives and hearts of tens of millions of people, won five Grammy Awards, produced thirteen Top 40 hits, and received eight gold and five platinum albums.
 
Published December 1, 2010 by Imagine/Peter Yarrow Books. 26 pages
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Isadora continues her series of traditional tales recast in African settings with this novel interpretation of the classic poem.

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This edition manages the feat through the combination of Puybaret’s deeply saturated, jewel-toned acrylics and the accompanying CD, which features the spoken-word narration of the late Mary Travers, with musical accompaniment from Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, a sung version from Stookey an...

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Most illustrated versions of the classic Christmas poem depict a jolly St. Nicholas and a Victorian household full of cozy charm and sugarplum delights.

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Moreover, side activities include a drag-and-drop “Snowman Dress-Up” and two other games, plus three coloring pages, three short but lively sing-along videos and a “Grown-Up’s Corner” with discussion questions.

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The poem is stretched across eight pages (easily navigable using a tap- and tilt-sensitive scene-selection filmstrip), each one sporting a simple, warm illustration that includes one or more interactions.

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A most unusual title page sets the magical tone for this distinctive interpretation of Moore’s classic Christmas poem.

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Spiffy acrylic paintings of a wintry urban landscape dotted with tangy candy-colored buildings give the classic poem some modern zip.

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Like Whatley (see above), Tudor also whisks readers to New England, this time to a quiet spot in early-19th-century Vermont.

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In this prepossessing volume, a series of paintings completed by Grandma Moses in 1960 accompanies Moore's classic holiday poem.

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Black-and-white transforms to color once again in the Magic Window title The Night Before Christmas by Clement C.

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Santore has illustrated many classic stories, including Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, and The Little Mermaid, and he now brings to life Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in characteristically elegant and detail-rich paintings.

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The Bookbag

You can read more book reviews or buy The Night Before Christmas by Rachel Isadora and Clement Clarke Moore at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google play and .

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Common Sense Media

Here, it is packaged with what the publishers call AniMotion technology: Many of the pages feature a full-color image that appears to move beneath a black-striped layer of acetate.

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Also, for the entire family, Tomie de Paola’s Joy to the World: Christmas Stories and Songs (Putnam/Penguin, 9780399255366) collects in one glorious volume (with gold-foil endpapers) three of dePaola's previously published Yuletide picture books (The Night of Las Posadas, The Story of the Three W...

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