Item description for The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett...
Overview A young woman's true love sends her extravagant gifts on each of the twelve days of Christmas
Publishers Description A centuries-old favorite holiday carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was one of the first to celebrate the secular tradition of gift-giving. This sumptuously illustrated version features not only the gifts of a suitor to his true love but a loving family's Christmas preparations, how to say "Merry Christmas" in 12 different language, and a vast array of charming woodland animals.
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 8" Height: 0.2" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 6, 1997
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0698115694 ISBN13 9780698115699 UPC 051488006992
Availability 0 units.
More About Jan Brett
With over thirty seven 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."
Jan Brett currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Jan Brett was born in 1949.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Twelve Days of Christmas?
Book Twelve Days of Christmas Dec 18, 2007
I was very happy with the product and the quick shipping that I received. I would order again from this person
Contour line Sings Dec 11, 2006
Some books I appreciate simply for the drawing, this is one of those.
I look forward every year in teaching to taking it out of the book box, looking at the cover and recalling why a good contour line links a composition together. I like looking at the things Jan Brett does artistically, clearly right from the get go as this book has been around in my books since about 91.She's had a long run of great art books.
At the holiday time for reasons rather complex and personal to me, I'm always torn about whether to sing seasonal songs or to divert to songs that are "winter wonderland" or simply teach everything or nothing.. and in a 23 year career I decided I could like myself if I started with with Dicken's Christmas Carol, The Muppet's version and Miss Piggy, John Denver and crew singing this Twelve Days of Christmas tune (on CD).From there I could go and figure out the rest of it... That then turned into an expansive signing version i came up with of this silly song.
That turned into making kid books of the song's numerical items (Twelve Days)to work on number order (1st-first, 2nd-second)and number word something we are doing now anyway... all of which is a part of first grade.I used Jan Bret to assist those images. Then we make giant hats for their heads with a pear tree and partridge on top and use this lovely book for the drawing of the partridge (among other directed drawing lessons on the twelve stated days).
It's an epiphany tale worth using with my largely Hispanic group who generally aren't Santa followers and are bridging to celebration of the holiday in Mexico and becoming aware of something-people do things differently. So often also becoming fascinated by holiday traditions worldwide which i like to talk and teach. Obviously this book contains the Brett standards, amongst those are the detailed borders, which reveal secrets and fantasy elements, the Scandinavian "look" and the compositional effects generated from her truly elaborated and worked stylizations. I definitely watch each year to see the children in my room who seem to develop an affinity for Brett's books. On the surface my particular class isn't going to find in the blond and fair represented their own images,there is cognitive dissonances in this in general around Christmas imaging in the culture, but inevitably I see drawn to the work children I teach that love detail, elaboration, theme and variation.Inner world kids. I'm saying it is a book for a child that likes to escape into images. I really have observed for years children who create inner visual worlds, or who have artistic drives towards fanciful kinds of expression, seen them pulled into her work. I have a student this year who has a great representational drawing talent, but greater interest in being defined by his drawing talent and he is very captivated by the artwork in this book.
As a very strange party game I usually take this book and Twelve Days song to the holiday parties, occasionally in my adult life performing the song. It's just one of those, better with the eggnog . And this my favorite representation of it among the 27 I own. A lovely partridge.
A favorite Childrens Book Nov 22, 2003
This was one of my favorite books growing up. I, like almost all children loved christmas and this book brings back so many memories for me of Christmas' past. I can remember sitting and just marveling at the illustrations of the book. There are so many differnet things going on in each page that I could literally sit for an hour just going through the different scenes. There is of course the famous christmas carol progressing beautifully through the center frame of each page, but along the sides there is the story of a young husband and wife cutting down a christmas tree and having a beautiful 19th century christmas celebration with their two children. And on each page there is also the phrase "Merry Christmas" in (I think) 12 different languages. I truly loved this book as a child, and even now as an adult (I'm 20). I'm writing this review from memory, if that shows how much of an impact this book had on me.
Nice pictures, but... Apr 1, 2003
I bought this book because 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is one of my son's favorite songs. I love the illustrations, they're beautifully done. However, the order of the lines appears to be an older form (and somewhat less standard now). The way I've always heard it sung was 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, 10 lords a-leaping, 9 ladies dancing... this book has the lords and ladies first, then the drummers and the pipers. I realize that this sounds like a funny gripe, but little kids can get really focused on something being in the 'right' order and since this version is going to differ from the way kids hear it sung, it has the potential to bug them.
Wonderful illustrations! May 25, 2000
I enjoyed reading this book and Jan Brett's illustrations were beautiful! I liked learning how to say Merry Christmas in many different languages. This is one of Brett's most colorful and actively illustrated works.