The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

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Overview


"'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house..." When Clement Moore wrote a Christmas poem for his children about a magical visit from Saint Nicholas, he had no way of knowing that it would become the best-known and best-loved holiday poem of all time. The wonder of his familiar verses is brought to life in this edition by John Steven Gurney, who has illustrated over a hundred books for children.

John Gurney has created the perfect match for a classic poem that has and will continue to delight children and adults for generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439898430
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2006
Edition description: Book & CD
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 12.06(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author


Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican's treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Rice's first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas®, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers can enjoy more of Gaston®'s adventures in Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras and sample Rice's other children's stories with favorites such as Texas Jack at the Alamo. With more than 1.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council, among others. Years after his death, Rice's family found the art and text Gaston® Joins the Circus, and this discovery has brought Gaston® back for one more adventure!

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The Night Before Christmas


By Barbara Reid, Clement C. Moore

ALBERT WHITMAN & Company

Copyright © 2013 Barbara Reid
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-5625-2


CHAPTER 1

    '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.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Night Before Christmas by Barbara Reid, Clement C. Moore. Copyright © 2013 Barbara Reid. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
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The Night Before Christmas 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 188 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A WONDERFUL book featuring charming pictures illustrated by a prolific children's illustrator. These books take you to 1917 when Mrs Price (Married to the Price of Fisher Price East Aurora, NY) created delightful pictures for children's books. Very nostalgic and retro a great gift for the grand kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are several books with the title "The Night Before Christmas" and the reviews for each book seem to be lumped together. That appears to be reason why the reviews under a given version of this book make reference to different illustrators. For the "Read to me" version of the book that is read by Lisa Scott and illustrated by Marlene Moore, there are a few differences in this story from what I am familiar with. This is ok, but the name given to one of the reindeers, "Donder", and the start of the quote in the last sentence, "Happy Christmas", left me raising an eyebrow and a puzzled look. It is a nicely read and illustrated book, but I am probably going to find the version of the book that I am familiar with and read that to my kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I belive Clement Moore is very imaginitive in the way he wrote about Santa and his reindeer. He saw it as if he saw Santa Claus himself.I have loved the poem since I was little. My grandmother always reads it to us on Christmas Eve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best illustrations out of all of the versions out there. Highly recommend!!
Javier911 More than 1 year ago
This book has great illustrations...very colorful and fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent version of The Night Before Christmas. Delightful illustrations bring humour and new life into an old story. A version appealing to men and women - includes Santa in flight cap and rocket-like sleigh and elves of every personality, from mountain climbers to folkdancers..truly a gem. Great for holiday gifts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good for Christmas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This most beautifully illustrated version of The Night Before Christmas with the classic text is a keepsake, even soft bound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Santa is fake im 9 but this book made me think even if he is fake i will always love him because of of this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Marlene Moore's illustrations and Lisa Scott's voice. Both perfect for a kid's read aloud ebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Illustrations are AMAZING! Perfect for your child and/or a gift....absolutely adorable, wonderful book to own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The description of the book listed it as being a full size picture book, but it is actually half the size. It was not at all what I had expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely done. In response to previous reviews: the only ommitted paragraph was the one about Santa smoking a pipe. I like the fact that they omitted it - nobody smokes in my house, not even Santa. But, seriously, it was a necessary omission.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many editions of this book that the reviewing process becomes almost meaningless. The poem is pretty much the same endearing sentimental tale many of us grew up with , but the illustrations vary with. The Regan illustrations are appealing but not as bright and colorful as children might prefer. The Rand illustrations are lighter and brighter and therefore more appealing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome i love pld storys thay are so good and thay explan more than newer books new books just state the oveas and say. THE END!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely illustrations, but why shortened?
lmsred More than 1 year ago
Original book plus read to me. My granddaughter can listen to it or We can read it together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looked through several before deciding on this one for my nook for the grandkids and the children i work with at the day care. Even with the missing verses it is still great, Just long enough to hold their attention, but not too long to bore them. And by the way for those of you that keep saying they got Donner wrong, it is Donder in the original version. In the song Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer it was changed.
SBS More than 1 year ago
The children insist on hearing it again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parts of the poem are missing. It should be clearly labeled as abridged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is our family's all-timefavorite. We started reading it on Christmas Eve about 1966 and now are on the third generation of 'listeners' all over the country. While the story is the same, the illustrations make the book "special" for the little people. our thanks to B & N for the reprints and for keeping the book available for new generations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old granddaughter liked the story and would read AND listen to it by herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love christmasvl so this was the perfect book for me :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It doesnt eeven ddeserve one star
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Who could resist a book illustrated by Tomie dePaola? Certainly not anyone at our house. Through the years his name on a cover draws us as few other children's book illustrators do. He received the New Hampshire Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure - how appropriate! For so many parents and youngsters he is, indeed, a living treasure. His other honors include the Caldecott Honor Award and the Newbery Honor Award. Today reproductions of art from his books are found in many galleries. This traditional Christmas story comes to life once again thanks to Mr. dePaola. He has set the story in New Hampshire circa 1840, and found inspiration for the page borders from designs for New England quilts (some from his personal collection). It's wonderful to have this sturdy board book edition to be enjoyed over and over again by young eyes and hands. It's a generous size so the art work can be fully appreciated - from the toy soldier peeping out of Santa's pack to the cat snoozing on the hearth. Mr. dePaola has been published for some 40 years, and we're hoping for 40 more. - Gail Cooke