The Night Before Christmas or A Visit From St. Nicholas (An Antique Reproduction)

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9780399216145: The Night Before Christmas or A Visit From St. Nicholas (An Antique Reproduction)

Available again by popular demand, this all-time classic edition of The Night Before Christmas is the definitive version of Moore's original poem, illustrated with color stone lithographs. A faithful reproduction of the McLoughlin Bros. edition from 1870, the original antique book was saved from the 1871 Chicago fire. In its magical pages, scenes of an old-fashioned Christmas come to life, complete with visions of sugar-plums and a jolly old St. Nicholas. Readers of all ages will join in the celebration of a nineteenth-century Christmas they won't soon forget.

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Whose tiny faces are peeking out from Santa's golden sleigh? Yikes! It's two of Santa's elves who are Christmas Eve stowaways. Beloved illustrator Jan Brett's version of The Night Before Christmas lets these two mischievous elves add their rambunctious spirit to this familiar 1823 rhyming story. Here, Santa and his reindeer land on the snowy roof of a Victorian mansion in New England. While Santa delivers the toys inside, the elves and the reindeer frolic around the lawn, as a pig (earmarked for a girl named Jan) and a few alphabet blocks spill out of sacks into the snow. Santa swiftly reins in the mischief-makers and "away they all flew like the down on a thistle." Brett's richly illustrated borders are lavishly decorated with antique toys, ornaments, and sweet treats, all surrounded with twisting golden ribbons. They also give us a window on the mansion's inhabitants, including the children watching Santa's departure in awe. A sugarplum of a Christmas story, just right for a reading before "a long winter's nap." (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations ©1998 by Jan Brett. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 3 to 6) --Marcie Bovetz

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ISBN  978-0-395-06952-3
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ISBN  978-0-395-64374-7

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ISBN  978-0-618-61682-4

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$6.99
ISBN  978-0-618-61510-0

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